Keiko Takenami Speech Pathology assesses speech, language and social-communication to determine goals and create therapy plans. Therapy may address developmental skills, play, communication, language, social interaction, and literacy.
How do I get started?
Step 1: Contact Keiko

Let Keiko know about your speech, language, and/or social communication related concerns. Keiko will respond with information regarding assessment, her availability, and fees.

Contact Keiko

Prior to therapy it is important to assess speech, language, and social communication skills so that practical therapy goals can be discussed and developed. If you schedule an assessment with Keiko, you will be asked to complete a General Information form which will include information about your child’s developmental history if applicable. Previous assessment reports and/or letters from doctors and allied health professionals can be attached. Any information you provide will be managed and stored securely. For information about Privacy & Confidentiality, click here.

Step 2: Initial Assessment

The initial assessment is usually conducted at home or via telehealth (using Zoom) and takes approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Assessment includes an interview with parent(s)/carers to obtain relevant developmental information including medical/health information. It involves observation of play and/or interaction with parent(s)/carers for children; and assessment of speech, language and social communication skills. Following assessment, you will receive a Speech Pathology Assessment Report by email, including assessment results and recommendations.

Step 3: Therapy sessions

Speech Pathology intervention/therapy will be based on recommendations from the initial assessment. Therapy will focus on language and social communication difficulties in everyday situations and will take into account each individual's needs. Therapy may involve play skills and peer interaction for pre-schoolers and school age children, or social communication skills for teenagers and young adults. Parents/carers will be regarded as important agents of change for their child and will be supported and coached in strategies to assist their child’s progress in positive and practical ways.

What can Keiko help with?
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Social Communication difficulties
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Global Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Language delay
  • Articulation/phonological delay/disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy

Individual Interventions include:

  • Hanen language and communication strategies
  • Structured teaching and strategies to develop language, social communication and peer interaction
  • Regular articulation (speech sounds) & stuttering therapy
  • Intensive literacy support
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Proloquo2Go, visual aids and resources

Support at childcare, preschool, school and workplace:

  • Assistance with functional communication, language, and social interaction skills
  • Provision of functional strategies and information to support early childhood educators, school teachers, and support workers
  • Discussions regarding educational or vocational goals
  • Support to parent-teacher meetings, provision of intervention recommendations, and assistance with preschool/school/work transition processes

Hanen Parent Education Programs

Hanen programs are evidence-based intervention programs which focus on coaching parents & carers in using strategies to promote their children’s language and communication development during everyday activities.

  • More Than Words
  • TalkAbility
  • It Takes Two to Talk
  • Target Words
  • ABC & Beyond
  • I’m Ready

MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program (Revised) - Intensive Literacy Program

MULTILIT (Making Up For Lost Time in Literacy) is an evidence based literacy program developed by Macquarie University. This systematic & structured approach assists school children in reaching their reading potential.

Keiko also works with families that have multicultural backgrounds

As a bilingual individual who has lived in Australia for over 25 years, Keiko understands the anxieties and concerns that are relevant to families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Second language issues, cultural differences and different health and education systems can create extra challenges to families impacted by diverse cultural and language conditions. Keiko will assist you with professional, evidence-based knowledge and insights, tailored individually to suit your family.