May 22, 2019

Speech pathologists support people who have challenges with their communication due to issues with their speech, language, fluency, voice, or in understanding what others are saying.   A speech pathologist can also help make mealtimes more enjoyable and safer for someone who has problems swallowing food and drink.

At Everyday Independence, our speech pathologists use evidence-based strategies and techniques to support people with disabilities to achieve their goals, whether that be to communicate with others, improve their quality of life, or live independently.

How can people with disabilities benefit from speech pathology?

Our speech pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other difficulties that can affect speech and language.

A speech pathologist will begin by assessing what the person can do now and discover what their potential could be if they have the right supports. They will then work with the person to set goals of what is important to them and then break down the goals into manageable steps that can be achieved over time.

Our speech pathologist can support people with disabilities that achieve goals that relate to:

  • Communication skills – expressing themselves so they can share what they are feeling and thinking and understand what others say and mean
  • Speech and language – improving their speech or expanding their vocabulary so they can be more confident to take part in a conversations or interact in social situations
  • Learning – developing reading and writing skills so they can improve their quality of life and prospects
  • Communication technology – using communication devices and aids to communicate with others if they are unable to speak
  • Feeding and swallowing – chewing and swallowing food safely or develop their muscle strength through physical exercises.

Our speech pathologists often work with occupational therapists, physiotherapists as part of a therapy team to provide support that meets the person’s needs and those of their family members and carers.

Making a referral is easy

If you’d like to refer a person you work with for speech pathology services, simply call our Intake team on 1300 179 131 Monday to Friday 8 am – 6 pm or complete an online referral form and we’ll be in touch shortly.