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Speech therapy trials

SOUND THERAPY: Senior speech pathologist Louise Mason practices speech sounds with Gemma Walker while sister Karli looks on. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Wimmera Health Care Group is trialling a new speech therapy format for children this year.
Chief speech pathologist Louise Mason said demand for paediatric outpatient speech services was increasing and the service was trialling the format to meet growing demands.
“Wimmera Health Care Group provides the only community health outpatient speech pathology service to people living in Horsham and surrounding areas. Last year we had over 1700 paediatric outpatient speech therapy appointments and numbers are continuing to grow,” she said.
“Historically, we have mainly offered individual therapy services for children, with some end-of-year school-transition group sessions. However, last year we had a period where we were short staffed, resulting in increased waiting times for assessment and therapy services.
“To combat the increase in demand for services, we decided to offer three group therapy sessions at the end of the year.”
Ms Mason said the three groups – school readiness; phonemic awareness; and early language sessions were very successful and had attracted positive feedback.
“With this positive feedback in mind and the phonemic, language, social skills gained by children who participated in the groups last year, we have decided to trial more group sessions in 2011, as well as continuing to offer individual therapy sessions,” she said.
For further details parents and carers should contact Louise Mason or their speech pathologist on 5381 9333 during office hours.

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Posted on Apr 27 2011

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