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Anna Biavati-Smith
wordstepsslt@gmail.com

SPEECH SOUNDS

Learning to speak is a crucial part of a child’s development. The progress made in the preschool and early school years is important to mastering the rules of language.

During their development children tend to simplify speech as they are learning to talk. They do this because they don’t have the ability to coordinate the lips, tongue, teeth, palate and jaw for clear speech. As a result they simplify complex words in predictable ways until they develop the coordination required to articulate clearly. For example, they may say “pane” for “plane” or “nana” for “banana.”

Children can present with a range of different speech sound difficulties. Some children may not be able to use a specific sound or sounds in their speech. Children’s speech sound difficulties can have an impact on their ability to make them feel understood and developing reading and writing skills.

I visit the family directly in their own home as this enables the child to feel more relaxed.

In the initial assessment I can establish the appropriate goals and baseline data to assist with tracking future progress.

My sessions fun and playful. This encourages your child to understand about sounds and how we produce them. As such your child experiences and learns through a natural process.

Parents/carers are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions so that they can play an active role in the child’s progress. I believe that such a team approach is essential to your child’s success.

I provide private speech and language therapy that focuses on an individual’s personalised goals.

If you think your child has speech difficulties

As a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and an expert in this field, I understand that this creates a lot of concerns and parents/carers want guidance how to support help their child.
A child with a phonological delay/disorder has:

– Difficulty producing speech
– The sound system is unclear and difficult to use
– Children with phonological difficulties are likely to have difficulties with all aspects of phonological awareness

I also offer an enquiry service via phone/Skype, which you can apply for by filling the form in contact page of this website.

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