Should I try Speech Pathology sessions via telehealth? What are the benefits of telehealth?

We are currently faced with potentially many months ahead at home, away from school, away from our social networks, away from life as we know it. For those with communication difficulties, social skill difficulties, swallowing difficulties… this time away from our regular environments is going to be an even larger challenge. Speech Pathology services via telehealth offers a solution! Here [...]

By |2020-03-31T09:16:31+11:00March 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Japan leads the way on modified diets

Image credit: New York Times Online. A lot of people don’t realize that alongside all thing communication, Speech Pathologists also manage swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia. There are a number of reasons why a person might have difficulty swallowing.  Medical events such as strokes, surgeries or injuries to the head or neck and the general process of ageing can [...]

By |2020-03-04T18:10:46+11:00March 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Early communication

We all want our children to be able to verbally communicate with us clearly and easily, and it can be frustrating and worrying when they develop these skills later than other children. However, your child may be communicating using a different method (e.g., body language/gesture) or may just require some support to learn the most effective ways to get their [...]

By |2020-02-06T13:30:55+11:00February 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Reading in Our Daily Lives

There are many things in our environment which require reading. Have a look around. What do you see which requires reading - our phone messages, signs, recipes, receipts, packaging? Almost everything requires us to be able to read. But what if reading is hard for you? How would that feel? Let’s try reading the following below: Artikel 27 Een ieder [...]

By |2020-01-17T16:49:04+11:00January 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The role of the Speech Pathologist in aged care

As Australia’s population continues to age, the speech pathologist’s role in aged care becomes increasingly important. It is our role to advocate and provide communication and mealtime support for older people in hospitals, the community as well as in residential aged care facilities. Older people experience difficulties with communication and mealtimes at a significantly higher rate, often complicated by multiple [...]

By |2019-11-27T11:31:56+11:00November 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Talking to someone with a communication difficulty… What to do!

Communication is a basic human right. Imagine having difficulty communicating…. What impact would that have on your life? Well, in fact 1.2 million Australians have a communication difficulty…. That is nearly 1 in every 20 Australians! So, what is communication? Communication is MORE than just speech – it is writing, reading, using gestures or signs, using a voice output device, [...]

By |2019-11-14T13:25:19+11:00November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Ear Infections – How do they affect your child’s speech and language development?

Otitis media and hearing loss? Otitis media is the name for a fluid build-up in the middle ear due to inflammation, commonly called middle ear infections. This fluid prevents the ear drum sending sound from the middle to the inner ear. Otitis media is common in young children. It can vary in severity from a mild infection to a hole [...]

By |2019-10-14T10:55:18+11:00October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Baby sign language – what is it, how do you do it, and why does it help?

What is it? Natural gesture and baby sign language (or key word signing) are terms you may have heard but might not know much about. To simplify it, these terms refer to using gestures or simple signs to support the key message in what you are saying. Gestures SUPPORT language development - this statement may seem counterintuitive as people often [...]

By |2019-09-19T12:59:38+10:00September 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How can a Speech Pathologist help?

When I inform people that I am a Speech Pathologist, the typical reply is “So….. you help people talk, right?”. Little do they know we cover many more areas! But what does working in Speech Pathology actually involve? A Speech Pathologist works with individuals across the entire lifespan – from babies right through to great-grandparents. This allows us to help [...]

By |2019-07-17T12:14:48+10:00July 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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