Transform your child's life with effective treatment from caring, qualified professionals.

Professional experience you trust. Fun your child loves.

Facilitating communication skills to create brighter futures.

Chatterbugs help change a child's life everyday.

Paediatric Speech Pathology

Free Clarity Conversation (ph consult)

Transform your child’s life by giving them the foundation they need to fulfil their own unique potential. We help with:

Speech & Language

Using words and sentences, understanding others, stuttering, talking clearly/pronunciation

Reading & Spelling

Sounding out, reading fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing
stories

Paediatric Feeding

lip/tongue tie, picky eaters, breastfeeding, tube weaning, sensory & oral
aversion

Autism Intervention

Play, social skills,
communication, feeding and
behaviour

You know communication, eating and learning difficulties hold your child back. Children don’t come with an instruction manual and there are times you need professional advice. That’s why we are here.

Chatterbugs is a speech pathology “service worth talking about” for children who are experiencing difficulty learning to understand, talk, socialise, play, eat, drink, read, write and/or spell. Our fully qualified speech pathologists work exclusively with infants and children to deliver effective, fun and family friendly speech therapy services.

Our team genuinely care about you and your child. We help each child achieve their own unique potential by integrating the latest research evidence with your child’s personal needs and then sprinkling a large helping of fun over the top.

We love what we do, and what we do best is get great outcomes for children through playful and engaging speech therapy.

Speech therapy is an investment in your child’s future

You want the best for your child – don’t wait

Studies show that speech pathology early intervention results in better outcomes and less investment needed overall than a “wait and see approach”. We’ll make sure that you get an individually tailored solution for your child’s specific therapy needs.

Your child’s success is what makes our day.

Making An Appointment Is Easy

3 easy ways to make your appointment:

1- Call 1300 66 1945

2- Email chatterbugs@gmail.com

3- Click the button below to BOOK NOW and choose the Clarity Conversation phone appointment time that best suits you. Your therapist will chat to you about your child’s specific needs, make recommendations based on this information and help you to book a suitable time for assessment if it is required.

One of our helpful staff will then confirm the appointment and discuss your child’s individual needs with you.

Connect with other parents internationally

You can connect for FREE with other parents of children with speech, language, literacy and feeding difficulties as well as speech therapy professionals via the Speech Parent Support Facebook Group. You can also access specialised parent education courses for speech, language, literacy, social skills and feeding at www.speechparent.com

Our Toowoomba speech therapy clinic is located on Level 1, 164 Margaret St, Toowoomba. We offer mobile services to Toowoomba, Highfields and surrounding areas. We can help your child in the comfort of your own home or the familiarity of their daycare, kindy or school.

RECENT ARTICLES

Impacts of Speech and Language Difficulties

The impacts of speech, language and communication difficulties in childhood are significant and potentially lasting. Speech therapy might not be able to prevent these impacts for all children but we can minimise them as much as possible by giving children the support and skills they need. The type and amount of impact for each child varies depending on the type and severity of their difficulties, their environment and their personality. It is also influenced by how early, how much and how good their speech therapy and other interventions are. Here we give you a brief summary of the known impacts of speech, language and communication difficulties in children’s lives. This list can be daunting and depressing for some parents but it highlights the importance of accessing a good Speech Pathologist as soon as possible to help your child develop. Sometimes parents don’t fully understand the impacts of their child’s difficulties which means they don’t prioritise therapy amongst the other many demands of life as a parent, not because they aren’t good parents but just because they don’t understand the significance of the problem. This list will explain that significance.   Speech and Language Difficulties are Common: It has been estimated that between 16 and 21% of five year olds experience speech or language difficulties, with up to 50% of these children have problems in both areas (Reilly et al., 2010).   General Outcomes: Children with speech and language difficulties are at risk for ongoing communication problems in adulthood as well as cognitive, academic, behavioural, social and psychiatric difficulties (Bashir & Scavuzzo, 1992). Children with speech and language difficulties in... read more

The hidden dangers of silent reading

“Reading is good for you!” I hear you say, “How could it possibly be dangerous!?” Well there are 2 main dangers I see: Reading silently results in poorer comprehension even for mature readers (see reference below). Practicing a skill incorrectly means you will get better at doing the task incorrectly therefore systemic decoding errors are reinforced while reading silently and that is certainly not the foundation we want to lay for our early readers! I have noticed an increasing trend towards encouraging “silent reading” even in the very early stages of literacy development. I was recently in a meeting regarding a student in grade 1 and the teacher reported he was having behaviour problems during their daily silent reading session. It highlighted to me that many teachers, speech pathologists and parents aren’t aware of the danger associated with silent reading particularly for young children. The other dedicated and experienced health and education professionals within that meeting weren’t aware that reading aloud enhances comprehension and is vital in laying solid foundations for future literacy success. A study by Hale et. al. (2007) identified that reading comprehension for readers of a variety of ages was enhanced when they read aloud. Here’s a link to the article if you are interested in reading more: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ800965.pdf So, the take away message is that encouraging our children to read aloud more often and even as they become more independent readers may help to enhance their comprehension. Go forth and READ... read more

Irlen syndrome, coloured lenses and reading: the facts

The lure of the lens When a parent or teacher is watching a child struggle to read, and dealing with tears every night at homework time, the promise of an easy cure and simple diagnosis is alluring. One of these promised cures is the use of coloured lenses or coloured transparent overlays to address visual sensitivity or processing difficulties aka.  U2 head man Bono is particularly famous for wearing coloured or dark lenses. As much as I love U2 I’m going to have to recommend you don’t go trying to make your child look like Bono in the interests of solving his reading problems though. Learning to read is a complex skill that requires high level interactions between dozens of different skill areas to work. In fact reading’s so complex it has even been shown to make physical changes to our brain structure. This complexity is why reading difficulties are so common. It’s a natural human tendency to want to reduce such complex problems down to simple solutions. However, in reviewing the evidence for the efficacy of coloured lenses or overlays for dyslexia, there are some large pitfalls that parents and teachers who want to help children with reading difficulties should be aware of.   The Theory The theory behind the use of coloured lenses for dyslexia is that reading difficulties are primarily caused by a visual-perceptual issue due to a weakness in the pathway of the visual system. People who support this theory claim that the cells in this pathway are sensitive to coloured light (especially yellow light). It is suggested that the use of coloured lenses in glasses or coloured transparent overlays placed over the text should correct visual ‘distortions’ (Ray, Fowler,... read more