Speech Pathology

Our Speech Pathologists provide support to people who have difficulty communicating or swallowing.

About Speech Pathology

Despite what the name suggests, Speech Pathologists (or Speech Therapists) don’t just help people communicate with speech.

They also help people with eating and swallowing, as well as how to communicate in other ways such as using assistive devices or visual communication supports.

Our services

Mealtimes and swallowing

We work with individuals to help them manage swallowing so their mealtimes are enjoyable and safe.

Support with mealtime and feeding can include:

  • Management of coughing, choking, gagging, or difficulty chewing
  • Pain while eating or drinking
  • Fussy eating or a limited range of intake
  • Infant feeding difficulties (breastfeeding, bottle feeding, transitioning to solid foods)

Communication

We work with individuals to help them improve their communication including:

  • Communicating with others
  • Using words and sentences to share needs, thoughts and ideas
  • Listening
  • Understanding words
  • Being understood
  • Improving speech clarity and supporting a weak or atypical voice
  • Understanding, listening and following directions
  • Using communication devices and aids

For those communicating with the person such as families and carers, we also provide communication training.

Social skills

We can work with individuals to help them learn social skills including:

  • Using communication appropriately in social settings (work, school, recreation)
  • Making and maintaining friendships
  • Developing confident communication