Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.
They 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. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.
At Active One, we provide adult speech pathology services to improve and support speech and language function resulting from stroke, head injury or progressive, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis.
Difficulties with Speaking
Speaking difficulties include a child who doesn’t say words clearly or an adult who slurs their speech after an accident or medical condition (like a stroke).
Listening and Understanding Language
Language involves the exchange of ideas using words, usually in spoken or written form, like a child who has trouble understanding and following instructions, or an adult who can’t find the right words after a stroke.
Literacy – Reading and Writing
Learning to read and write is a crucial part of a child’s development and reading and writing are essential skills for adults. Being literate means that people can understand and follow written instructions, find out information online or in books, write letters and emails, and send text messages. It also means that a child or adult is able to participate fully in their education and learning.
Social communication is how we communicate and involves interpreting the context of a conversation, understanding non-verbal information and the social rules of communication that are needed to develop a relationship with another person.
Like breathing, swallowing is a reflex and essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at least 900 times a day: around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more often during meals. We swallow food, liquids, medicine and saliva. People who have trouble swallowing are at risk of poor nutrition and dehydration.
A speech pathology therapy programme may include the development of:
- Talking, listening, reading and writing for everyday living, education and work
- Memory strategies
- Learning and literacy
- Social Skills,
- Use of additional communication aids, including voice output communication devices and ipad apps
- Swallowing and eating
To access speech pathology services don’t hesitate to give our office a call to book an appointment – 8707 0830