Speech Pathology

At the UQ Speech Pathology Clinics, we work with children through to adults to improve their ability to communicate with their family, friends, and colleagues at home, socially, and in the workplace.  

In our clinics, you will receive services from speech pathology students who are being supervised at all times by a fully qualified and highly experienced speech pathologist.

Referrals are not required to attend our clinics.

 

Our services

Speech and language for children

If your child has trouble with saying, using, or understanding words, the UQ Speech Pathology Clinic will work with you to provide support and promote positive change. Our speech pathology services are available for children aged two years through to school aged children and teenagers.

We will work with you and your child to develop skills for successful communication. If your child is late to talk or is difficult to understand when talking, then they might need to see a speech pathologist.

Before your child starts therapy, they will need to have a detailed assessment in the speech pathology clinic. This assessment could take three to four sessions to complete. This assessment will allow us to plan a therapy approach that meets the specific needs of your child. Therapy can be delivered individually or in groups, and usually runs weekly over periods of 10 to 13 weeks throughout the year. At the end of each therapy block, you will receive a detailed report for your records.

We might recommended you attend one of our other clinics like the Audiology and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) clinic or the Ready, Set, Prep clinic. 

As a new client of the UQ Speech Pathology Clinic, your child will also have a free hearing test if they haven’t had one in the last 12 months

Fluency

We work with children and adults who stutter to help them maximise quality of life. Our speech pathology team plan therapy using the evidence-based Lidcombe and Smooth Speech approaches.

Before you or your child starts therapy, you or they will have a detailed assessment in the speech pathology clinic. This assessment will allow us to plan a therapy approach that meets the specific need of you or your child. Therapy can be delivered individually or in groups, and usually runs weekly over periods of 10 to 13 weeks throughout the year. At the end of each therapy block, you will receive a detailed report for your records.

In addition to regular stuttering therapy, we offer a Fluency Booster program twice a year. This program is designed for people of all ages who have a stutter and have just started using Smooth Speech with their speech pathologist. The Fluency Booster runs over two days and you will receive both individual and group therapy. It’s a great way to get lots of practice using Smooth Speech in real life speaking situations.

Literacy

We offer comprehensive assessments and treatments for school-aged children who are having trouble with their reading and writing.

Here at UQ we have developed the Phonological Awareness for Literacy (PAL) program. The PAL program is an evidence-based approach to treating difficulties with literacy (reading and writing), designed for children aged 7.5 years to 13 years, in both individual and group therapy.

Before your child starts therapy, they will need to have a detailed assessment in the speech pathology clinic. This assessment could take three to four sessions to complete. This assessment will allow us to plan a therapy approach that meets the specific need of your child. Therapy can be delivered individually or in groups, and usually runs weekly over periods of 10 to 13 weeks throughout the year. At the end of each therapy block, you will receive a detailed report for your records.

We also offer intensive therapy programs for reading and writing over the holidays in January and July each year. The PAL Intensive Program is a therapy program for kids with reading and spelling difficulties. Children receive 20 hours of therapy both individually and in a group over four days.

Neurological speech and language therapy for adults

We work to help those who are experiencing communication difficulties as a result of a neurological condition or incident such as stroke or Parkinson’s Disease.

We can help you if you have trouble talking or understanding others following a stroke. This includes people who have aphasia or slurred speech (dysarthria).

Before you start therapy, you will need to have a detailed assessment in the speech pathology clinic. This assessment will allow us to plan a therapy approach that meets your specific needs. Therapy can be deliver either individually or in groups, and usually runs weekly over periods of 10 to 13 weeks throughout the year. At the end of each therapy block, you will receive a detailed report for your records.

We also offer an Aphasia Intensive Program. The Aphasia Intensive is a great opportunity to have nearly 25 hours of therapy both individually and in a group. The Aphasia Intensive is offered twice a year and runs over five days.

Accent modification

We work with people who speak English as a Second language (ESL) to minimise the impact that their accent has on their ability to speak English.

What is accent modification?

Accent modification helps your clarity when speaking English. Accent modification aims to improve your English pronunciation by softening parts of an accent that make it significantly different from a native English speaker. In accent modification, we only work on how you sound when you are speaking English. We don’t teach you English and we won’t change how you sound when you speak other languages.

Do I need accent modification?

If you have to repeat yourself or have trouble making yourself understood at home, university, or in the workplace, accent modification might be beneficial.

What does therapy involve?

To have success with accent modification therapy, you need to attend weekly speech pathology sessions and be motivated to do lots of practise at home. With dedication, you can learn the skills to modify your speech in 12 weeks.

Voice

We work with people who are experiencing voice disorders to help them use their voices efficiently, without pain and strain.

Someone who is having trouble with their voice might experience:

  • Sounding hoarse, husky, croaky, or strained
  • Trouble projecting their voice so it can be heard easily over background noise or distance
  • A higher or lower pitch than other people of the same age and gender
  • Difficulty changing the pitch and loudness of the voice 
  • A "tired" voice after periods of talking, or that speaking requires great effort
  • A tight, scratchy, or uncomfortable throat (including a need to cough or clear the throat) during or after talking

Although anyone can have a voice problem, certain groups of people are more likely to experience voice difficulties, including teachers, lecturers, singers, call centre workers, barristers, and people in the media. Approximately 60 per cent of these professional voice users will have a voice problem at least once during their career.

Speciality Programs

At the UQ Speech Pathology Clinic, we also offer a range of unique speech pathology programs.

These programs include:

  • Dynamic-Active-Social-Health (DASH): This inclusive group works with kids using movement and dance to allow your child to creatively express themselves and build social and friendship skills.
  • Ready, Set Prep: This is a group skill development program to help children transition to the prep classroom environment. This program also incorporates Speech Pathology.
  • SPOT: In our Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy program (SPOT) student clinicians work together to support kids. We implement fun and engaging activities to help kids achieve their best at home, school and in play.
  • School Skill Development Programs (SDP): We offer classroom skill development and screening programs in prep.
  • Customised School programs: We work in partnership with schools to provide packages for school aged children. This may include individual and or whole of classroom activities. 

Contact us to find out more about these programs.