Telehealth FAQs

Eastside SpeechTelehealth

Before COVID-19 many of us at Eastside Speech had used telehealth for our rural and remote clients, but the pandemic has taken our telehealth skills to the “next level”! A number of our clients now prefer to have speech therapy via telehealth. Here are some of the FAQs asked by clients and families who inquire about telehealth: What is Telehelath? … Read More

Did you know that Eastside Speech Solutions uses Telehealth?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

In the context of speech therapy, telehealth is therapy using Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or another online platform. Telehealth was initially used for rural and remote communities but recently has been used for families who are not able to physically get to a speech therapy clinic for whatever reason. COVID19 has meant that we need to change how we work and … Read More

How can speech therapy help people who are hard of hearing or deaf?

Eastside SpeechFAQs, PROMPT

Some clients who are hard of hearing or who are deaf choose not to use speech as a means of communication; they use Auslan, which is the sign language we use in Australia. However, for those clients who wish to use speech as a means of communication, speech therapy is extremely beneficial & helpful in enabling them learn how to … Read More

What is involved in helping me with my accent?

Eastside SpeechAccent Modification, FAQs

It is important to first establish what sounds are challenging for you and have the greatest impact on how well you are understood. A comprehensive assessment of your speech is necessary so goals and priorities can be set. An assessment of your speech sounds, your speaking rate, and how you emphasise words is important. After this is done it will … Read More

Why should I try & improve my accent?

Eastside SpeechAccent Modification, FAQs

Not everyone needs to improve their accent- but if your pronunciation means that people can’t understand you, then that might be a sign that you would benefit from some help. Not being understood is frustrating for you, frustrating for your listeners, and can have a serious impact on your ability to pass your degree or progress in your career. We … Read More

Don’t all children lisp?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Many people say a child “lisps” when they say “th” instead of “s”  (eg. thing instead of sing). Until children are about 3.5 years, it is normal for children not to be able to say their “s” sound correctly. After about 3.5 years, a lisp is not seen as a normal part of speech development, but as a speech error.  … Read More

Won’t my Child’s pronunciation difficulties be fixed at school?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Many parents are aware that their children have trouble pronouncing some sounds, but assume that it will naturally improve or be “fixed” when their child gets to school.  Whilst thinking this is understandable, here are a few things to keep in mind:  It is not developmentally normal for children to start Kindergarten with speech errors. Children learn different speech sounds … Read More

When should I worry about my child’s pronunciation?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Children learn to say certain sounds at different ages. Typically, the sounds that are easier to say are learnt earlier than others. The early sounds we would expect a child to be able to pronounce are p, b, m, t, d, n.  As children get older, they then learn the sounds that are harder to say… For example: By 3 … Read More

Isn’t it normal for children not to be able to say some sounds?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Depending on their age, it is normal for children not to be able to say some sounds, as they learn to say different sounds at different ages. Early speech sounds are made by infants and toddlers using their lips and  the front of their tongue (m, p, b, t, d, n). This is explains why most names for parents and grandparents around the world … Read More