Our Services

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Speech Pathology


The Speech Pathologists at Early Bird Therapy can assist you with anything related to developing your child's communication and feeding skills. This may include:

  • Training parents in strategies to teach their child during everyday activities

  • Encouraging your child to say their first words

  • Working on the skills required to begin using sentences

  • Building your child's understanding of language

  • Implementing alternative and augmentative communication systems (AAC) such as pictures, sign language, and electronic devices

  • Building your child's ability to communicate socially

  • Developing your child's ability to play with others

  • Assisting with your child's chewing, swallowing, and drinking skills

  • Developing your child's use of the correct speech sounds

Early Bird Therapy can tailor their Speech Pathology service to meet your family's individual needs, offering clinic-based appointments, home visits, visits to your child's educational setting, and intensive school holiday therapy blocks. 

Early Childhood Education

​Our Early Childhood Educator provides key worker services and early childhood and specialist education for children aged 0-6. This service covers a range of areas aimed at building your child's skills and working with your family as a whole to support you through the early intervention years. 

Areas that our Early Childhood Educator may assist you with include:​

  • Building your skills as a parent to be your child’s most important teacher

  • Supporting your child’s inclusion in educational settings

  • Support for the transition to preschool and school

  • Skills for starting school

  • Daily routines and self care skills

  • Understanding your child’s behaviour and promoting positive behaviour

  • Building positive family relationships

  • Understanding autism; strategies and routines to support your child with autism

  • Developing social and emotional skills

  • Key worker support including advocacy, advice, linkages to other services, co-ordination of your child’s support team, and emotional support

Our Early Childhood Educator provides a mobile service to your home or other settings that your child normally spends time in, rather than in a clinical setting. 

SPOT (Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy working together)

 

SPOT is an approach to therapy where a Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist work with a child at the same time. Together the therapists create a tailored and holistic therapeutic plan that targets goals across both Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy.

 

Many children find it difficult to maintain attention on therapy as well as daily activities. This collaborative therapy approach allows for therapists to encourage maximum participation and learning while learning to communicate.

 

Children who may benefit from SPOT include:

  • Children aged 0-5 who need a collaborative, whole-child approach to therapy

  • Children with Autism, social communication difficulties, sensory processing and regulation difficulties, and/or complex communication needs

  • Children who have experienced barriers to participating in traditional speech and occupational therapy

 

Parent involvement and training is a vital component of SPOT therapy. The therapists will coach family members in how to use therapy principles in their child's daily life.This consistency is key for children to get the maximum benefit from therapy.

SPOT is currently only available on Thursdays based at the Early Bird Therapy clinic.

Therapy Assistant Sessions (not currently available)

 

Our Therapy Assistant service allows children to access therapy more frequently​ for a more intensive service. During regular Speech Pathology or Early Childhood Education sessions, one of our therapists devises a comprehensive therapy program for our Therapy Assistant to carry out.

 

This service may be appropriate for children who:

  • need more exposure to using alternative and augmentative communication methods (AAC)

  • are working on developing their use of speech sounds

  • require additional 1:1 therapy to develop their language skills

  • would benefit from more assistance participating and interacting with their peers in their educational setting

Our Therapy Assistant service is available at the Early Bird Therapy clinic, and as a mobile service to homes and educational settings.

 

Clinical Supervision for Qualified Therapists


It is important for all therapists to access clinical supervision to guide and develop their practice. This allows therapists to examine the way they work with their clients and ensure they are following best practice guidelines.

Early Bird Therapy offers 1:1 and group clinical supervision sessions for therapists in all stages of their career.

Parent Training Courses


Parent training is one of the best ways that you can help your child's development as it gives you the skills to help them learn throughout their everyday routine. Group parent training also allows you to connect with other parents who have similar experiences to you.

Early Bird Therapy currently offers the Hanen courses It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words. We also periodically run one-off parent training sessions and parent support groups. Please check our News and Events section for more details.

Training for Educators


Educators make such a difference in the lives of young children. Early Bird Therapy aims to support educators in their role by providing bespoke training focused on their needs. We offer:

  • Individual visits to educational settings 

  • Group staff training

  • Strategies and information related to the specialised needs of a single child

  • General education designed to be of benefit to the entire group of children