Our speech pathologists provide support to people who have difficulty communicating and swallowing.
What does a speech pathologist do?
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders. This includes difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also benefit from the support of a speech pathologist.
To learn more about speech pathology visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.
Our Speech Pathology Services
Working as part of therapy teams, our qualified speech pathologists help people with disability achieve their goals and optimise their quality of life.
Our speech pathology services are available to people of all ages who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual, neurological and physical disabilities. Services can be provided at home, at school, in our clinics and in community settings.
Children and adults who experience difficulties in the following areas can benefit from the support of our speech pathologists:
- Understanding of spoken and written words and language
- Formulating sentences and expressing themselves
- Articulation, speech clarity and fluency
- Using voice
- Literacy, reading and writing
- Play and social skills
Our speech pathologists are also skilled in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems that promote a Total Communication approach. This includes Key Word Sign, Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) communication boards and books, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and voice-output communication devices.
We understand that communication difficulties can often lead to challenging behaviours. As such, our speech pathologists work closely with other therapists to provide behaviour support strategies.
Mealtimes and swallowing
Eating and drinking can be uncomfortable, stressful and even dangerous for a person with swallowing difficulties. If not managed properly, swallowing difficulties can result in life threatening medical conditions, such as choking, poor nutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia.
Our Speech Pathologists provide support to ensure that mealtimes are safe and enjoyable for children and adults with swallowing difficulties. Where additional support is required, our Speech Pathologists will refer individuals and families to our specialist mealtime management service.
Our speech pathology services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual and can include:
- Assessment of skills and identification of areas of strengths and difficulties
- ‘Hands-on’ intervention
- Communication partner training programs (e.g. Hanen Programs)
- Prescription of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems
- Mealtime intervention programs
- Education and training for parents, carers, educators and support staff
Some of the programs our speech pathologists are trained in include:
- DIR®/Floortime® Model
- PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets