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Is your child talking and listening like they should?

With one-in-five children experiencing a problem with communication by the time they start school, Sydney Local Health District is launching a new screening program to help kids much earlier.

Is  your child talking and listening like they should?

Communication difficulties in children come in many forms. They can include not talking, having trouble listening or understanding, stuttering or problems with pronunciation. Jessica Figueira, Child and Family Health Speech Pathologist, is leading a program to identify these problems at an early age and offer parents a free service to help children with their talking and listening skills.

“We want to help families find out if their children would benefit from seeing a speech pathologist, and we want to help them access the service they need quickly and easily” says Ms Figueira.

From early October, a team of experts will be visiting day care centres, pre-schools and playgroups in the Sydney Local Health District to conduct communication check-ups. A report will be provided for all children screened and parents will receive a follow-up phone call if their child could benefit from speech pathology.

“We want to see these children when the communication concern is first identified. Early intervention is best, and we can do many things to help a child’s talking and listening skills early on in their development.”

From here, our experts will work with families to create the type of environment where children are given every opportunity to learn to talk and listen.

“If you talk about what a child is doing, what they’re seeing, what they’re showing interest in, then you’re adding language that they can listen to, understand and eventually use for themselves” says Ms Figueira.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech development, please call the Child Health Information Link on 9562 5400 or contact your playgroup or preschool for more information on the communication check ups.

If your child missed out on the communication check up our speech pathologists are offering free monthly drop in sessions at some of our community health centres (you do not need to make an appointment).

To access these services you must live in Sydney Local Health District. Click here to find out if your area is included.

Drop in session dates and times:

Friday 16 March 2018

Where: Canterbury Community Health Centre, Thorncraft Parade, Campsie NSW 2194.

Time: You can come any time between 9 – 11am.

When you arrive at the reception, ask for Alyson Silk.

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Where: Marrickville Community Health Centre, 155-157 Livingstone Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.

Time: You can come any time between 9 – 11am.

When you arrive at the reception, ask for Alyson Silk.

Friday 25 May 2018

Where: Canterbury Community Health Centre, Thorncraft Parade, Campsie NSW 2194.

Time: You can come any time between 9 – 11am.

When you arrive at the reception, ask for Alyson Silk.

 


 

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