Welcome to Young Speech Pathology

Starting the conversation with children.


Here at Young Speech Pathology, we place the utmost value on the family unit.
Our goal has always been to create a family centered practice that offers therapy services in ways that are flexible and sensitive to the different needs and preferences of each individual family. Why?

Because when therapy works for the family – it helps the child!
Holistic care considers the ‘whole’ child – this includes their family.

Our team.

Jessica Young

Speech Pathologist
Practice Owner

Peta Martin

Speech Pathologist

Cassie Stahlhut

Speech Pathologist

Marie Jones




Literacy development and Treatment

What are literacy skills?

Learning to read and write is a crucial part of a child’s development. Reading and writing (literacy) are essential skills for adulthood. Being literate means that people can understand and follow written instructions, find out information online or in books, write letters and emails, and send text messages. It also means that a child is able to participate fully in their education and learning.

Skills for literacy

Research has found that some of the essential skills that children need to be able to learn to read and write are:

  • An understanding that the words we say are made up of sounds and to be able to hear these sounds (e.g. cat has three sounds c-a-t). This is known as phonological awareness.
  • An understanding that letters represent sounds and that these are the sounds we use in English. Children need to be able to remember the sound of each letter quickly and easily. This is known as
  • Knowledge that written words can be understood and that writing them in a particular order can make different meanings.

Signs that my child is having difficulty with their literacy skills

  Some early signs that your child may be developing literacy problems include:

  • Having difficulty learning and remembering new words
  • Not being able to provide simple information clearly
  • Showing poor awareness of sounds in speech
  • Not learning to recognize alphabet letters
  • Not showing any interest in listening to stories
  • Any of these difficulties with a family history of literacy difficulties

  When your child is at school some of the signs may include:

  • Not developing confidence with letters and sounds (e.g. not wanting to give spelling ‘a go’)
  • Mispronouncing several longer words (e.g. congratulations, elephant)
  • Persisting with immature grammar (e.g. she broked her glasses)
  • Not developing the ability to tell stories and give explanations

  As your child moves through the school you may notice your child:

  • Is not reading grade level texts fluently and accurately
  • Not using a strong range of spelling strategies
  • Not able to make inferences as they read, getting the main idea and reading ‘between the lines’

How do speech pathologists treat literacy problems?

As the experts in supporting children with communication difficulties, speech pathologists are able to support children with their literacy skills in the following ways:

  • Assessment of speech and language skills to determine if there are any difficulties and provide intervention and strategies to support oral language development
  • Support oral language development in areas that are relevant to literacy in preschools and schools
  • Work with educational environments and families through providing strategies in order to support children’s oral language development
  • Use their knowledge of the sound system of English to help children who are having sound-letter relationship difficulties, including phonological awareness skills of rhyme, syllabification, segmenting and blending
  • Help children use strategies for understanding what they read

Why early intervention is important:

  At school, children with reading difficulties may also have problems with:

  • Academic performance
  • Peer relationships
  • Self esteem

When literacy difficulties persist, there is often a significant impact on the person’s life. Not being able to read and write at adequate levels means the young person is at risk of having limited opportunities in life or being unemployed. Interestingly, research has also shown that they may be at risk of social issues such as imprisonment

For further reading:

There is lots of helpful information on the following website:



If you have concerns about your child’s language development or social skills, contact Young Allied Health to arrange an appointment.

Reception: 0408 166 506

 Email: [email protected]

6/56 Charles Street

Aitkenvale, QLD, 4814

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Our focus areas.

All of the services we offer here at Young Speech Pathology primarily focus around the improvement and development of five key areas communication.

  • Speech

    Using our teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and palate to make sounds.

  • Language

    Receptive language: the comprehension of language.
    Expressive language: the ability to express ideas, thoughts and feelings using language.

  • Fluency

    How fluent our speech is – a breakdown in fluency is known as stuttering.

  • Voice

    How our voice sounds when we talk. This is affected by features such as loudness (too loud, too soft), pitch (too high, too low), and quality (rough, breathy, harsh).

  • Feeding and Mealtimes

    Involves working with feeding difficulties and picky or fussy eaters.

When are we needed?

Families access speech pathology for many different reasons. Here are some examples:

  • a child with autism
  • a child who stutters
  • a child who is difficult to understand
  • a child who is an extremely picky eater
  • a child with reading or spelling difficulties
  • a child who struggles to understand directions or follow conversation


Never feel that any question is too small or silly– we’re here to help. We can’t help to fix an issue if we don’t know about it!


The way that we provide therapy for your child will be tailored depending on what their needs are. We will conduct an initial assessment (can be between 60 – 120 minutes in length) to determine how our services may best help your child and family based on your child’s strengths, difficulties, and your priority goals for therapy. From here, future appointment frequency and lengths can be determined and catered to both the needs of your child and family.

We’re also proud to offer mealtime therapy services for picky eaters or problem feeders. Appointments for mealtime therapy may be booked as individual appointments or group sessions (subject to availability).

Home and school visits can also be arranged.


Young Speech Pathology is a registered NDIS provider. We are also providers for Better Start and Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding. Our office is equipped with Hicaps facilities to process private health and Medicare rebates at the time of your consultation.

Clients who are covered with private health may be eligible to claim a partial refund for services provided through their private health fund.

Clients with a Complex Medical Plan (CMP) referral through their GP are eligible for a partial rebate for up-to five visits per year through Medicare.

Getting in touch.

To ask further questions, or organise an appointment for your child, please contact us on the details below.
All appointments take place in our office space along 6/56 Charles St, Aitkenvale 4814

Phone – 0408–166–506
Email – [email protected]