In The Media | 26 May 2016

Canberra speech therapist shortage forcing families to travel to Sydney for child services

A shortage of speech therapists in Canberra is forcing some parents to travel to Sydney to access regular services for their children.

Young children diagnosed with a speech delay require early intervention therapy to develop their communication skills.

Ideally this therapy should be regular, particularly for children with autism and Asperger syndrome.

Anne Rowe from Autism Asperger ACT said dozens of Canberra families were unable to secure weekly or fortnightly speech lessons for their children.

“They just can’t get therapy services in Canberra so some drive to Sydney,” she told 666 ABC Canberra Breakfast.