Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency and voice. We 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.
People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.
Your Everyday Independence speech pathologist will begin by assessing what you can do at the moment and discovering what your potential could be if you have the right supports. We can then work with you to set your goals of what is important to you and break those goals down into manageable steps to achieve over time.
What does a speech pathologist do?
Depending on your goals and your unique situation your speech pathologist will work with you on a range on therapy initiatives to assist you with communication or swallowing. These could include:
• Supporting you to find strategies to develop your communication including using communication aids and other assistive technologies. We also may provide resources, information and advice to you, your family member or carer and other people who work with you like teachers, co-workers or other support people.
• Providing communication support including assisting speech, writing, reading, gesturing and using communication aids.
• Recommending physical exercises to improve your speech, eating or swallowing.
• Working alongside other professionals including occupational therapist and physiotherapists to provide support that meets your needs or those of a family member.