Speech Pathology

Did you know that Speech Pathologists do more than help people talk? We also help people to use assistive technology, swallow safely, and learn social communication skills.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

We know that talking is only one of the many ways that people communicate. We aim to support people to use a range of communication strategies.

We can offer:

  • Individual assessment to identify potential communication options

  • Trials of communication apps or speech generating devices

  • Assistive technology applications

  • Intervention to support clients to develop their communication skills

  • Training on the use and maintenance of assistive technology
     

We value an individualised approach to communication, and recognise AAC as a complex area of specialty. We understand and implement low tech, mid tech and high tech AAC systems.

Mealtimes

We recognise that mealtimes are not safe and enjoyable for everyone. We aim to support people to have positive mealtime experiences.

We can offer:

  • Individual mealtime assessments and reviews for babies, children, and adults

  • Trials and prescription of appropriate mealtime equipment

  • Mealtime Management Plans

  • Intervention to guide a child’s development of eating and drinking skills

  • Intervention to support clients to expand the range of foods they enjoy
     

Mealtimes should be a social experience and we support people to feel confident and safe during mealtimes. We acknowledge the complexity of mealtimes and actively work with people and their families to achieve positive outcomes.

Social Communication

We understand that social interactions do not always run smoothly and can be difficult to navigate. We aim to support people to develop their social communication skills based on their choices across a range of environments.

We can offer:

  • Individual social communication assessment

  • Explicit teaching of social communication skills

  • Individual intervention to learn and practise perspective-taking, self-advocacy, and social communication skills

  • Group intervention to facilitate social interaction in a supportive environment
     

Social communication includes reading social cues, understanding other people’s points of view, recognising and responding to emotions, conversational skills, and self-advocacy. We know that social communication skills are essential to make and sustain friendships. 

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