Speech Pathology Week

Seeking support early for children with communication disabilities is life changing

Early Connections Alliance encourage parents to seek support early if there are warning signs of learning delays and difficulties.

Two new locations recently opened so parents can access speech therapy, in addition to other supports, at four locations in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Lake Cathie.

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, the Alliance encourages parents to think about their children’s communication and if they are concerned they can call for advice about Early Childhood Intervention, the NDIS and supports currently available.

The Alliance supports Speech Pathology Australia’s call for greater action to ensure communication accessibility for all.

“Developmental language disorder affects between five and eight per cent of children Australia-wide. But with the right intervention everyone can participate fully and be included in the community,” said Beth Todd, Director, Early Connections Port Macquarie.

“Early Childhood Intervention is key to help children with communication disabilities. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access enables people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to communication or providing extra strategies,” added Beth.

What is communication accessibility?

“Communication accessibility can be as easy as rephrasing your question in simple language, using pictures, writing, gestures or symbols to help get across your message.

“For businesses, it might mean including plain English signage with symbols and pictures as well as words; or training staff so they are able to communicate successfully with a person with a communication difficulty.”

Early Connections Alliance is a network of five registered not for profits working together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast.

“Our communities need to be accessible for everyone, including people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, reading difficulties, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disability,” added Beth.

Building communication accessibility will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Contact us 02 6583 8238