Speech Pathology

Alana Deehan Speech Pathology is a private speech pathology practice that provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of speech, language, literacy, swallowing and fluency disorders.

Alana DeehanAbout Alana

Alana has over 15 years experience as a speech pathologist and has worked for organization such as Queensland Health, Education Queensland and Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Most recently she has been working privately in Brisbane both within a clinic and within Independent Schools. Alana believes that communication is an essential part of maintaining and generating relationships and is the basis of participating within the wider community. She offers a service that specializes in working with children with speech, language and literacy development. This includes both before school aged and school aged children including adolescents. Alana also offers services to children and young adults with severe communication difficulties as a result of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder.

What is Speech Pathology?

Speech pathology is a profession concerned with helping people to communicate optimally. Speech pathologists are professionals who are trained to assess, diagnose and treat people who have a problem with communication. Speech pathology encompasses all areas of communication including reading, writing, speech, language, signs, symbols and gestures.

Paediatric speech pathologists may work directly with the child in therapy, work with the child’s family or teachers/significant others to help enhance their communication skills. Paediatric speech pathologists may work with children who have a communication difficulty relating to:

  • Using correct speech sounds
  • Using or understanding language
  • Stuttering
  • Reading and Writing
  • Autism or other development syndromes or disabilities e.g. Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy.
  • Social skills


Communication Difficulties by Alana:

Language Delay

This includes children who:

  • are late talkers
  • have limited vocabulary development
  • find it difficult to express themselves
  • do not understand well or experience difficulty following directions

Speech Delay

This includes children who:

  • Are difficult to understand
  • Find it difficult to sequence sounds correctly
  • Produce speech sound errors beyond the acceptable age. This may include sound substitutions, distortions and deletions.


This includes children who produce repetitions, prolongations, and blocking of sounds and syllables.

Your child knows what he wants to say but is unable to produce it because of the presence of these dysfluencies.

Literacy Difficulties

This includes children who:

  • find it difficult to learn the decoding skills necessary for learning to read or the encoding skills necessary for learning to spell
  • May be able to read but find it difficult to comprehend the text

Feeding Difficulties

For a variety of reasons babies and children have problems with feeding and eating at mealtimes.

For babies this may include:

  • problems with sucking and swallowing,
  • refusal of food or bottles,
  • long or difficult feed times
  • and/or problems with gaining weight.

For toddlers and young children this may include

difficulties with the skills required to eat and drink including biting, chewing and swallowing.

Food refusal resulting in a very limited range of foods or a restricted way in which they will accept foods.