" Where care and experience matters..."
Comprehensive Speech Pathology and Keyworker services for both children and adults,
In partnership with you to encourage active and meaningful participation in everyday routines.
Flexible, well-planned and personalised therapy experience that is responsive to your family’s specific needs.
Help you navigate through the complex national funding systems so as to identify appropriate avenues for funding supports to meet your needs.
Therapy services that are Medicare and DVA claimable for eligible clients.
Telehealth and mobile visit services to school and child care.
Provision of evidence –based assessment and therapy for both children and adults .
At Leap Forward Therapy Services, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality level of Speech Pathology and Key
worker services to our clients and our community through accurate diagnosis and comprehensive up to date approaches.
Leap Forward Speech Pathologists and Keyworkers are fully trained to work with children to diagnose and treat difficulties including but not limited to :
Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
Speech Sound Disorders
Articulation Delays and Disorders
Pragmatic/Social Language Difficulties
Feeding and Swallowing Interventions
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Complex Communication Needs/AAC
Our Keyworker Services
Dealing with one therapist reduces the stress and extra time that can arise from juggling multiple appointments from different health professionals.
A Key Worker is the person your family will speak to and see most. Your Key Worker can provide and support your child on behalf of a team of therapists. We will coordinate support from other therapists when your child needs additional support.
Your LFTS Key Worker is also able to support you in coordinating other external supports and in accessing the local community.
These groups are a fun way to learn critical social, emotional and learning skills and how to make friends. The children in these groups are able to learn about and practise interpersonal interaction skills in a supported small-group environment, with activities provided for further practice at home.
Skills learnt include
Greetings and eye contact
making and keeping friends
being confident around new people
understanding and managing their emotions
managing bullying and teasing
coping with mistakes
coping with common play situations (i.e. winning/coping with defeat)
Building self care and fine motor skills.
Other programs at Leap Foward Therapy Services..
Leap Forward Therapy run School Readiness Skills Groups most school holidays.
The children learn a variety of communication and emotional awareness skills such as:
At Leap Forward Therapy Services our School Readiness Program conducted by therapists and a certified Early Childhood and Primary trained teacher can help children prepare for school by building essential learning skills to support their transition. The program encourages children to increase their independence skills and confidence through building social, emotional and communication skills.
To bring hope and honour the dignity of each person we serve...
Mildred Tan, Director, Speech Pathologist
Masters Speech Pathology (Uni Qld) CPSP SPAA,
MSpecEd (Uni Newcastle),
PgDipFoodTech (University of New South Wales, Sydney).
Mildred is passionate about supporting her clients and wants to make a positive difference in the lives of the people she works with, whilst making therapy enjoyable and giving support to the family and their communities. She believes that it is of great importance to increase the self-esteem and confidence of the individual, whilst working towards their goals.
Mildred has had 20 years of experience working in both Paediatric and Adult Speech Pathology. She has worked in a variety of settings including early intervention, school age clinics, playgroups, preschools, schools and hospitals as well as in Private Practices and various NGOs across Australia and Asia. She has extensive experience and knowledge working with children with developmental and genetic disorders, audiological, communication, Dyslexia, literacy and speech needs as well as adults with neurogenic speech, language, hearing and swallowing and voice difficulties. In 2007, Mildred was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Sydney to complete a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Auditory-Verbal Practice) at the University of Newcastle.
Mildred is a foodie and has a keen interest in making and sourcing for modified foods and fluids that are both palatable and attractive for safe swallowing in both adults and children. She is a also a trained food technologist and has completed a post graduate degree in Food Technology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Mildred is a continuation education junkie and has completed many workshops as well as run presentations for parents, other professionals and education staff. She is a certified LSVT and PEERS certified clinician, holds certificates in dyslexia, literacy, dyscalculia and numeracy teaching and is PODD, M.O.R.E sensory integration trained and is a PEER trained clinician who holds a Masters in Special education from the University of Newcastle in Sydney and continues to attend continuing education courses and trains with the interest to support clients with updates in alternative, augmentative communication devices. Mildred is currently pursuing her higher research degree at the University of Adelaide with research interests pertaining to communication and swallowing in clients with Multiple Sclerosis.
Mildred is a mother of two and she keenly understands the needs of families and endeavours to provide relevant and family-centred therapy for her clients.
Thank you for all you have done and your ongoing support !
Just a little update, he acknowledged his brother for the first time. Thank you for all your help Mildred this has been possible with all you've done for us
On behalf of Eat Well SA, I would like to thank you for your assistance with the Eat Well SA's cooking demonstrations in the Department Human Services Stand at the Royal Adelaide Show.
My sister had childhood polio but continued to live independently. This all changed when she had a stroke a year ago and became bed-bound and had to be tube fed. She was depressed and totally helpless but you treated her like a friend instead of a cumbersome patient. You've helped put the smile back on her face.
Please let us know how we can help you or your child and we will return your enquiry as soon as possible
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