Speech pathologists diagnose and treat people who experience communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language (understanding & production), swallowing, fluency (stuttering) and voice. 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 problems that can affect speech and language. Speech Pathology encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures.
How can a Speech Pathologist help you?
A Speech Pathologist can help you by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for you, including setting goals and developing a treatment plan. You will be actively involved in your Speech Pathology care.
Speech Pathology Services may include:
- Treatment for swallowing food and drink safely.
- Treatment for communication problems.
- Treatment for voice problems.
- Assistance to develop alternative methods of communication.
- Support for carers and families around communication.
Speech Pathologists work in a variety of ways, including providing individual therapy, working in small groups, working within a classroom, becoming involved in home-based programs and giving advice to clients and their carers.
A Speech Pathologist is often a member of a larger group of health professionals treating a person, especially in relation to children and young people.