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, RMIA, speech sound intervention) and functional communication therapy (Communication devices, sign language, 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

Previously our speech pathologists were trained in, and used, the principles of

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and positive behaviour support. As we are dedicated to serving the Autistic population with best-practice approaches we no longer apply ABA in our sessions. This is the result of listening to Autistic voices about the potential harmful impact of ABA and its contribution to Autistic Masking, as well as, the latest evidence reviews surrounding the lack of intervention maintenance for ABA approaches.

With greater understanding of the impacts on sensory and emotional regulation on Autistic (and human) communication, we have adopted a Neurodiversity-affirming paradigm. This means we accept that ALL brains and people are unique and this diversity is what makes our community whole. As such we work with individuals and their families to:

  1. Meet them where they are at
  2. Build strong and meaningful relationships valuing the individual’s interests and strengths
  3. Support each person to work towards their own goals, in a way that suits them best (e.g. using AAC, a mix of spoken and non-speaking means, building language and improving speech clarity).
  4. Collaborating with other professionals (e.g. psychologist, occupation therapists, physiotherapists) to ensure the best environmental supports for individual leaners

Functional Communication

Our practice has a strong commitment and focus on providing services that make a real difference for families and children. By collaborating with families and teachers there is no limit to what we can achieve. Moving away from a medical deficits 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 everyday lives.

Read more about Functional Communication Training here