Our Approach

We are passionate about outcome driven therapies that improve client participation in everyday life.

Our team of speech pathologists are passionate about delivering effective evidence based services to clients of small TALK speech therapy.

We believe that children are individuals and therefore the approach and intervention strategies used vary for each client. A mixture of play based therapy (such as Hanen and Connect therapy,  Attention Autism) structured therapy (such as LEGO therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis principles, RMIA) and functional communication therapy (Communication devices, sign language, PECS, AAC) are used by our therapists.

Our clinic was created in 2011 with a mission to improve the lives of families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Our practice is well known for providing outcome driven services for children on the Autism Spectrum by using a variety of methods to help them communicate functionally.

Behaviour Principles

All of our speech pathologists have been trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), positive behaviour supports as well as a variety of AAC and early language interventions.

The principles of ABA and positive behaviour suppport that our team apply maximise each and every minute of the session to ensure both the child and family receive the maximum gain from intervention.

What is ABA?

“Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is not a therapy in itself, but a theory, a set of principles upon which some therapies are based. The theory identifies various teaching techniques that generally involve breaking down complex skills (or behaviours) into smaller steps and teaching them through the use of clear instructions, rewards and repetition. Following feedback from the Autism Community and recent research traditional ABA interventions have evloved into more naturalistic positive behaviour supports that respect the individuals whole self.

(The raising children network, 2013)

Functional Communication

Our practice has a strong commitment and focus on providing services that make a real difference for families and children. By collaborating together with families and teachers there is no limit to what we can achieve. Moving away from a medical difficulties based model to a strengths based functional model of service means that Small TALK takes time to understand your child and nurture their strengths as well as empowering them to gain skills that will make a difference in their lives.

Read more about Functional Communication Training here 

Newcastle ABA programs are available through Pathways ABA and  Youth Matters