Speech Pathology supports children and adults with two fundamental life skills; communicating and eating. Speech pathologists possess the drive and passion to aide and support patients, with their skills in order to engage in daily life.
Speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing difficulties in children and adults. Communication difficulties refer to challenges with speaking, understanding and/or using language, listening, social skills, stuttering, reading, writing and using voice. Speech pathologists also help people who have difficulties eating and drinking safely.
Speech pathologists can support patients in the following areas:
a) Speech delays and disorders – articulation and producing speech soundsb) Expressive language – using language to share thoughts, feelings, and ideasc) Receptive language – understanding language, word meanings and instructionsd) Augmentative and alternative communication for people with difficulties speaking and writing e.g. using pictures, communication boards or assistive devices to support understanding and expression of languagee) Fluency – supporting people who stutter to speak more fluently and with confidencef) Feeding and swallowing difficulties – supporting infants, children, and adults who have difficulties eating, drinking and swallowing safelyg) Pre-literacy and literacy skills – learning to read, write and spellh) Voice – disorders of the voice including pitch, quality, volumei) Social communication difficulties – communicating for social purposes and following the rules for conversationj) Cognitive-communication disorders – organising thoughts, planning, reasoning, paying attention, remembering and problem solvingk) Aural rehabilitation for people who are deaf or hard of hearingl) Accent modification