Speech and Language Therapists
Schools have access to a Speech-Language Therapist from the Ministry of Education. If a child is seen as having difficulties with speech, language, or communication, then a referral can be made by the school for more support. Our SLT caseworker is Kirsten Rooney.
Speech-language therapists may do some or all of the following:
- assess and diagnose communication problems such as stuttering
- co-ordinate and plan treatments
- help clients learn to speak, listen, read or write
- lead group therapy sessions
- help children and adults learn to swallow and eat
- report on their clients
- educate and advise clients and their families.
Speech-language therapists need to have knowledge of:
- English or other languages
- how the brain, mouth, throat, and voice box function
- medical conditions that can affect speech
- psychology and education theory, and child development and health
- community and family support services, and where to refer their clients.
The support from the Ministry is free, however, some families choose to have private Speech-Language therapy for their children for a more regular and intensive intervention. Below are some local places that offer Speech-Language Therapy.
You can find more agencies on this website if you're interested.
If you would like the school to have a closer look at your child's speech, language, or communication, please get in touch with Kristen Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org).