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 unique and their interests and strengths should be respected and valued. The approach and intervention strategies used are unique to each child’s preferences and needs.
With an understanding of the impacts of 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.
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.*
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.