Speech Pathology helps people of all ages who have difficulties with their speech, language, fluency and voice. Speech Pathology also helps people who have difficulties swallowing and eating to make their mealtimes safer.

Everyday Independence Speech Pathologists work with people with communication difficulties due to developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, and a range of other difficulties that can affect speech and language.

To make a referral, click the button below to complete our online referral form and one of our team members will contact you shortly to discuss the next steps.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk to us about your child’s therapy needs, please call 1300 179 131 to speak to a member of our Intake team.

Speech Pathology – the Everyday Way

Everyday Independence Speech Pathologists push harder to support you to build your skills and confidence to achieve your speech goals.

Our Speech Pathologists come to you to deliver therapy in the places you spend your time, in your everyday life, and using your daily routine, so you can practice your new skills. They will also work closely with your support network to build their capacity to support you to use your new skills.

For young children, our team use play-based therapy as a fun and engaging way to achieve their developmental needs.

Meet Doug

Doug has been a participant with Everyday Independence since July 2018. He suffered a serious stroke 20 years ago which left him with severe communication difficulties and weakness on his right side.

Doug’s speech difficulties will be lifelong, but he has made great improvements with regular Speech Pathology and uses a total communication approach to convey his message. He also uses a communication app on his iPad which he finds helps him when he goes to doctor’s appointments. Doug has been able to get out into the community with the help of his support workers who take him for walks, drives and for coffee.


Our Speech Pathology Supports

When you first meet with a Speech Pathologist we'll generally begin with a session to learn more about you, what's working and not working for you, and what a vision of success looks like.

This may include communicating with you or observing you communicate with others or conducting specific assessments of your abilities and needs. The two most common types of assessments we can conduct for you are:

Mealtime Assessment

  • we will visit you during mealtimes, working with you to understand the challenges you experience when eating and swallowing.
  • people who might benefit from this type of assessment include those who have had a stroke, have weakness on one side or overall musculature weakness, people who are coughing during their mealtimes, people who have a history of chest infections, people who want to be more independent with their mealtimes, or want to try a greater variety of foods.
  • Speech Pathologists can also work with Occupational Therapists at mealtimes to look at behaviours and sensory needs that may be impacting on your enjoyment of your mealtime. The Speech Pathologist may also suggest the equipment that would support you to be more independent at mealtimes.

Communication Assessment

  • Speech Pathologists can work with you across any environment you are in where you have trouble communicating with those around you, or where others experience difficulties communicating with you.
  • we can provide both formal standardised testing, where your strengths and weaknesses are assessed in comparison to your peers, as well as informal testing, during which we will assess your communication strengths and weaknesses compared to where you would like to be. Both types of assessment are equally important and valid, and sometimes we will do both.
  • we can also provide assessments on literacy development, speech sounds, stutters, and voice disorders.
  • a Speech Pathologist will gain an understanding of the reasons certain activities can be challenging for you. Investing time in gathering and sharing information with you and your support network is important. After the first meeting, we will provide you with a report or recommendations and then we can plan your sessions.

A Speech Pathologist can support you to manage issues involved in swallowing or eating.

We will visit you during mealtimes, working with you on support and strategies that can help you to be safe and enjoy your meals.
Children or adults who might benefit from this type of support include people who:

  • have had a stroke
  • have weakness on one side or overall musculature weakness
  • are coughing while eating or drinking
  • have a history of chest infections
  • want to be more independent with their mealtimes
  • want to try a greater variety of foods

Everyday Independence Speech Pathologists can also work with our Occupational Therapists at mealtimes to look at behaviours and sensory needs that may be impacting on your enjoyment of your mealtime, as well as looking at equipment that would support you t eat or drink more independently.

This type of support can help to increase your safety and independence during mealtimes, improve your enjoyment and help you to overcome the barrers that make it difficult for you to eat together with others.

Speech Pathologists can support you to access and use tools that will assist you to better communicate. This is known as communication technology or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). It includes things like keyword sign, pictures, communication devices like PODD or NovaChat, communication books, and many other types of devices.

People who benefit from using communication technology are those who:

  • experience daily difficulties communicating their needs and wants to others
  • experience frustration due to others not understanding them
  • experience social exclusion because they can only be understood by a few people
  • require someone to interpret what they are trying to communicate

Communication technology is also very useful to support those who are developing their communication skills, but are not quite where they need to be to be independent. This includes people of all ages from young children learning to talk through to adults who have a disability or are recovering from injury or illness.

Communication technology can support the development of your communication skills, can increase your social inclusion and independence, and can reduce your levels of frustration around communicating. It can also reduce your vulnerability in society by providing you with a voice.

Our therapists keep up to date with the ever-changing developments in communication technology and can provide advice and guidance to find solutions that will meet your individual needs. We can also prepare reports for relevant funding bodies where required.

Speech Pathologists can support your learning by working with you, your family and your teachers to better understand your current strengths and weaknesses in regard to language and literacy skills.

We can provide formal and informal assessments to determine where you are at, and where you would like to be in terms of being understood and understanding others.

People who benefit from this kind of support are those who:

  • would like to improve their literacy skills
  • would like to be more independent when communicating with others
  • would like to reduce the frustration they may experience when others don’t understand them
  • would like to fill out forms and read important documents by themselves.

Speech Pathologists can work with you across any environment where you have trouble communicating with those around you, or where others experience difficulties communicating with you.

We can provide both formal standardised testing, in which your strengths and weaknesses are assessed in comparison to your peers, as well as informal testing that assesses your communication skills in relation to where you are at currently, and where you would like to be. Both types of assessment are equally important and valid, and sometimes we will do both.

Speech Pathologists can support you to express yourself and be understood better by those in your environment. Some things we might do to support you could be: individual therapy, group therapy, and working with those around you to develop their skills to better support you.

People who benefit from this kind of support are those who:

  • would like to be more independent when communicating with others
  • would like to reduce the frustration they may experience when others don’t understand them
  • would like to develop their relationships with those around them
  • would like to be more included and independent in society
  • are looking for work and need support to improve their communication
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