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Due to heavy caseloads we are unable to take on any new clients for the remainder of 2021. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for services in 2022, please fill out the enquiry form below.

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East Ballarat VIC 3350

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Children’s Speech – Supporting Your Children’s Speech Development At Home

Children’s Speech – Supporting your children’s speech development at home

 

The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is partnering with local business, Optiform, to offer a series of five free-of-charge online sessions to the Ballarat community to help support families to encourage their children’s speech development at home.

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Access to Allied Health services is limited at the moment and many families are desperate for support regarding their children’s speech and language development. In partnership with Optifom, the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House will be running some information sessions for local families. Speech Therapist, Meaghan Sullivan will discuss: what’s age appropriate, when to be concerned, ways to stimulate speech and language at home etc. She will offer some strategies, resources and where and when to seek further support.

Sessions will be run on Wednesday evenings online via Zoom from 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm. There will be around 45 minutes of presentation, with around 15 minutes for questions.

The sessions will be free of charge. You can register through the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House (link available soon). For booking questions, please contact the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House.

The sessions include:

  1. Wednesday 13 October – Introduction to children’s speech, language and communication development
  2. Wednesday 20 October – Stimulating speech & language in the first years of life (age 0 – 2)
  3. Wednesday  27 October – Extending speech & language skills in the pre-school years (age 3 – 4)
  4. Wednesday 3 November – Speech sound development – what to expect, when to be concerned, how to support your child
  5. Wednesday 10 November – Social communication development and participation – preparing for the social world at kinder, school & beyond

Optiform Meaghan Sullivan

Meaghan has been working as a Speech Pathologist since graduating from Latrobe University in 2002.  She works with children, adolescents and adults with a range of communication difficulties.

Meaghan has a special interest in voice and disorders of the larynx, including vocal cord dysfunction, chronic cough and functional voice disorders.

QUALIFICATIONS  // B Sp Path, B.Mus (Voice)
AREAS OF INTEREST // Voice & laryngeal disorders, Acquired Brain Injury, Stuttering, Early Intervention/ ”late talkers”, Language disorders , Articulation & Phonology, Literacy learning, Dysphagia/swallowing.

 

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