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Speech and Language Therapist Tauranga and Bay of Plenty

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What is speech and language therapy?

 

"Speech"

Within a context of 'speech and language therapy', "speech" is the clarity or pronunciation of words. Sometimes this is to do with the physical formation of sounds (articulation) where a person needs to learn how to say a sound or modify how they say a sound, e.g. a lisp. Sometimes a person can form a sound but they use it incorrectly in words. For example, saying "dod" for "dog".

"Language" - Spoken (oral) and Written (literacy)

This is a huge area! Consider what you need to have a conversation: vocabulary (words and concepts), sentence structure, grammatical markers, ability to sequence ideas into a message... Now consider what you need to understand someone's message: tone of voice (e.g. telling a joke or being sarcastic), body language, facial expression, multiple meanings of different words within a given context...

With the fundamentals of spoken language in place, now these skills can be transferred to written language!

"Therapy" 

Involves training, coaching, practising and empowering individuals to learn, make improvements. establish alternative ways to change areas of need. For young children this often involves fun and interactive games. Regardless of your age, therapy is encouraging, uplifting and supportive. Therapists meet you where you are, teach new skills in a safe, confidential and professional environment. 

Our speech and language therapy in Tauranga helps people of all ages - from toddlers, through primary school, into high school and the workforce! Therapy facilitates positive changes both academically and socially.

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Speech-Language Therapy Services​

At Star Language and Literacy, we provide a range of speech andlanguage therapy services and treat a range of conditions. Services include speech clarity, stuttering, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, language processing, literacy, and social communication. Some of the conditions we support include Aphasia, Language Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Late Talkers and those requiring Alternative and Augmentative Communication. We provide speech therapy in the Tauranga region in person, and throughout New Zealand online via a professional teletherapy setup. Whatever the age or communication concern, Star Language and Literacy can help. 

The Latest Speech-Language Therapy Methods​

Sarah is an experienced Tauranga Speech and Language Therapist and a registered member of the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association. She takes pride in providing professional, personalised and evidence-based speech-language therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Star Language and Literacy's speech therapy appointments utilise specialist resources and techniques. Depending on an individual's age, need and interests, they can also be packed full of games and activities. Therapy typically begins with a consultation or formal assessment appointment that generally lasts between 60-90 minutes. Sarah will then discuss recommendations with the individual or their caregiver(s) about ongoing therapeutic support. If further speech-language therapy sessions are needed, arrangements can be made right away. Contact Sarah today for speech therapy you can rely on.

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