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Fluency Support

Fluency disorders, such as stuttering, can have a profound impact on a child’s communication abilities and self-esteem. Our Fluency Support program employs a range of techniques to enhance fluent speech, including pacing strategies, gentle onsets, and easy speech techniques. We assess each child’s speech patterns to tailor a program that addresses their specific needs, focusing on reducing the frequency and severity of disfluencies.

Our approach is holistic, encompassing emotional and psychological support. We help children develop a positive attitude towards speaking and provide strategies to manage any anxiety associated with speaking. In addition, we offer education and support to families, enabling them to create a supportive environment that fosters fluency and confidence in their child’s speech.

At LEAP Centre, we are committed to providing top-tier fluency support, with a special focus on assisting children and individuals to overcome stuttering and other fluency disorders. Our approach is deeply rooted in understanding the unique circumstances of each client, applying evidence-based techniques, and fostering a nurturing environment that boosts confidence and enhances communication skills. Among the specialised methodologies we implement is the Lidcombe Program, a renowned treatment for young children who stutter.

Understanding Fluency Disorders

Fluency disorders, such as stuttering, disrupt the flow of speech, making it difficult for individuals to speak smoothly. Symptoms can include repetitions of sounds, syllables, or words, prolongations of sounds, and involuntary pauses or blocks. These fluency challenges can significantly affect an individual’s self-esteem, social interactions, and performance in academic or work settings.

At LEAP Centre, our goal is to address these challenges head-on with a personalised and compassionate approach. Our speech pathologists are equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques to provide effective fluency therapy, ensuring our clients receive the supportive care they need.

A key component of our fluency support services is the Lidcombe Program. This program is a behavioural treatment for children who stutter, designed to be administered by a speech pathologist in collaboration with the child’s parents or caregivers. The Lidcombe Program is unique in that it involves parents in the treatment process, teaching them how to use specific techniques to reduce stuttering during their child’s daily interactions.

The Lidcombe Program is named after a suburb of Sydney where it was developed, at the University of Sydney. It is a direct treatment approach that focuses on providing verbal feedback about speech fluency and stuttering. The program is structured in two stages:

The Lidcombe Program emphasises the importance of a supportive and positive environment for the child, encouraging regular practice and reinforcement of fluent speech in everyday settings.

Creating a supportive environment is central to our philosophy at LEAP Centre. We understand the importance of involving families in the therapy process, particularly when implementing the Lidcombe Program. By training parents and caregivers to effectively support their child’s fluency at home, we extend the benefits of therapy beyond our sessions, ensuring continuous progress and reinforcement.

Through the implementation of our fluency programs and our comprehensive fluency support services, LEAP Centre has made a significant difference in the lives of many individuals. Children who have participated in our programs often show significant improvements in fluency, which, in turn, boosts their confidence, enhances their social skills, and improves their academic performance.

Opting for LEAP Centre means choosing a team of passionate, skilled professionals dedicated to making a positive impact. Our evidence-based approach, personalised therapy plans, and the supportive, nurturing environment we cultivate set us apart. We are committed to guiding each client through their fluency challenges, supporting them at every step towards achieving smoother, more confident speech.

LEAP Centre is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for individuals dealing with stuttering and other fluency disorders. Our approach is centred around personalised care, utilising evidence-based practices in a professional and supportive environment. We aim to help our clients improve their communication abilities and build confidence. If you or your child require assistance with fluency challenges, LEAP Centre offers the necessary expertise and support to facilitate progress in speech fluency and confidence in communication.

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Frequently Asked Question

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of therapy services, including occupational therapyspeech therapy, and physiotherapy. Each service is tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients, ranging from developmental therapies for children to rehabilitation and support for adults. We also offer programs such as group sessions, individual sessions, and intensive therapy blocks.

If you or your family member is facing challenges with speech, mobility, daily activities, or other areas of physical and cognitive function, therapy might be beneficial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our specialists for a professional assessment and personalised recommendations. Please submit your enquiry form to book the consultation. 

Our clinic provides services for all age groups. We have specialised programs for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, ensuring age-appropriate and effective therapy for every client.

Therapy sessions are scheduled based on the individual needs and availability of our clients. Each session typically consists of 45 minutes of direct therapy followed by client/family feedback and therapist documentation/planning.

Our therapists are highly qualified and licensed professionals. They hold degrees in their respective fields and have undergone extensive training and certification. Continuous education is a priority for our team, ensuring we stay updated with the latest therapy techniques and research.

Yes, we actively collaborate with schools, physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to our clients’ care. This multidisciplinary collaboration is essential for holistic treatment planning and effective outcomes. Contact us to collaborate with us! 

Our approach is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. We focus on understanding each client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our therapy plans accordingly. We emphasise a collaborative approach involving the client, their family, and other professionals as needed.

We accept NDIS funding, private health, medicare, and private pay. For all NDIS self-managed or private paying clients, payment is required on the day of your session. Our administrative team can assist you in understanding your benefits and navigating the billing process. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

Yes we do! In addition to clinic-based sessions, we also offer therapy in the home, daycare settings, or at schools. Sessions outside of the clinic incur a travel fee consistent with the NDIS travel rate guide. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

We welcome and value your feedback. You can provide feedback directly to your therapist, through our reception, or by emailing info@leaptherapies.com.au. We are committed to continuous improvement and take your insights seriously.

Absolutely. We understand the importance of a good therapist-client match and will facilitate a change if needed to ensure the best therapeutic experience and outcome.

Getting started is easy. Simply contact us via phone, email, or our website to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we will discuss your needs and create a personalised therapy plan.

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