About Nicole Wilkinson
Commonly asked questions
My child isn’t talking yet, and I’m worried.
Generally, if it’s worrying to a parent or family member, it’s worth seeking advice. Getting an expert, clinical opinion from a Speech Language Therapist can provide reassurance, and get started on intervention in a timely manner if needed. But it is also worth getting their hearing tested if this hasn’t been done recently.
People keep telling me my child will outgrow this delay in their language
There is a lot of variability in when children start to talk and how quickly this develops. However, there are some risk factors that will increase the chance that your child will need extra support in developing their communication. These include:
My child is hard to understand, should I be concerned?
Typically by about three years of age, parents will be able to understand their child 100% of the time. But children take until they are about four years old before people less familiar with them to be able to understand them all the time.
Is speech language therapy only for children?
Speech language therapy can be accessed at any age, from young children to adults, depending on needs. Some common reasons for seeing a speech language therapist are:
How long does a session take?
Sessions can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour. This will depend on whether the session is assessment or treatment, the age of the client and the complexity of the treatment.
How many sessions will it take?
There is no definite answer to this question, but at the start of your sessions, you’ll be involved in setting the goals you want to achieve. As therapy progresses, we’ll review these goals so we can discuss how long therapy should continue and the frequency of sessions.
• Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology
After a stint in the NZ Army, and 19 years in the NZ Police, I went for a total career change. Using a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I gained entry to the Masters of Speech Language Pathology at Canterbury University. I spent two years commuting weekly between my home in Queenstown and Uni to qualify as a Speech Language Therapist. I think the teaching staff had bets on how soon I’d quit – I’m sure they all thought I was mad doing that commute. But I did it and qualified.