• Pragmatic Language
    Pragmatics refers to a child’s ability to use language in context in real life situations. Pragmatics may sometimes be referred to as a child’s social skills.
  • Age of diagnosis
    More than one study has indicated that the older the child at time of diagnosis, the less positive the outcome. Therefore earlier identification and treatment of a language delay is essential, as therapy outcomes are better.
  • Receptive language
    Receptive language refers to the ability to listen, hear and understand verbal and visual information. It includes understanding stories, following instructions and interpreting visual signs.
  • Down Syndrome
    Down syndrome is a specific chromosomal disorder resulting from the presence of an extra chromosome. Chromosomes contain genetic information people need to grow and develop.
  • Autism
    At present there is no single, known cause for Autism. Most experts agree that Autism Spectrum Disorder is the result of a number of different factors that affect the developing brain.

About SMC

At SMC Speech Pathology based in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, we pride ourselves on providing a quality service. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for all children who require support be it for a simple lisp or for a more severe disability. We strive to provide evidence based practice and care above and beyond what is necessary or expected. We are approachable and always willing to listen to parents/guardians, as your thoughts, feelings and expertise as a parent are always welcome.

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SMC Speech Pathology, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne



Services for Children

At SMC Speech Pathology we provide a range of services based out of Essendon in Melbourne for children who have:

  • Developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social skills difficulties
  • Language disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Reading problems
  • Articulation and Phonological difficulties
  • Down Syndrome

Some of the Programs offered at SMC Speech Pathology include:

  • The Lidcombe Program
  • Boardmaker for Early Communication
  • Picture Exchange Communication Program
  • Blades Language Program
  • Smooth Speech Program
  • Camperdown Program
  • Letterland
  • It Takes Two to Talk
  • More Than Words
  • See and Learn Program