About helping children with disability
There are many disorders that can affect a persons ability to produce speech, understand speech and communicate feelings, thoughts or actions. Speech pathologists can help children with disabilities improve their speech and language to better communicate with other individuals and in doing so often boost their self-confidence. In addition, whilst some consultations are often partially covered through Medicare, government initiatives such as Better Start Funding can provide additional financial assistance to families.
These articles provide general information about issues relevant to our speech pathologists’ practice relating to children with disabilities. Speech pathologists manage problems with communication in areas such as speech, voice, language and fluency. Our speech pathology team aims to optimise communication and swallowing outcomes for children with disability by providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment. For an appointment with a speech pathologist contact us today.
The better start funding for children with disability package provides government funding for speech therapy sessions. We are registered for better start funding for children with disability. Our speech pathologists are better start early intervention service providers. This article provides general information about better start funding.
Cerebral palsy is the umbrella term given to a group of disorders that result from damage or dysfunction to the developing brain. This can be due to damage to the brain either during or shortly after birth. For instance from a lack of oxygen or extreme premature birth. Research also indicates that it can result from a series of events that can cause or accelerate injury to the developing brain. There is no single cause of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is considered ‘non-progressive’, in that it generally does not worsen over time.
Cri du chat syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by partial deletion of chromosome 5p. It is a rare genetic condition that affects one in approximately 50,000 children. Infants with this condition often have a high-pitched cry that sounds similar to a cat-cry. As such, its name derives from the French term ‘call of the cat’ referring to the high-pitched cry.
Down Syndrome occurs because of a chromosomal abnormality present at birth and is the most common cause of intellectual disability (a slower development of thinking and learning skills). It affects 1 in every 860 live births. The name comes from the 19th Century English physician Dr Langdon Down, who was the first to describe and record common characteristics of people with this condition.
Fragile x syndrome is a genetic condition which causes various degrees of intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and distinctive physical features. Fragile X syndrome can affect both genders, however males generally present with a greater severity in symptoms. Statistics indicate that in Australia approximately 4,300 males and some 2,175 females currently may have the full mutation with associated intellectual disability (NCSEM, 2010).
Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a rare autosomal dominant genetic defect resulting from premature fusion of the skull sutures. The premature fusion of the skull sutures can significantly impact brain growth, which may lead to problems associated with overall development and nervous system function. It falls under the umbrella term of velo-cardio-facial syndrome. Salient features of velo-cardio-facial syndrome may include heart defects, unusual facial appearence, cleft-palate and problems with hearing.
If you or a family member need speech therapy contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.