Our Speech and language pathologists work with individuals who have trouble with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.
- Communication involves listening, speaking, reading and writing. Communication difficulties can stem from any condition that affects an individual’s ability to comprehend, detect, or apply language and speech to engage in conversation effectively with others. These conditions can cause simple articulation difficulties and the inability to understand or use one’s native language.
- Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties include problems with sucking, swallowing, drinking, chewing, eating, dribbling saliva, closing your lips, or when food or drink goes down the wrong way. These issues can be addressed through diet modification, compensatory strategies, postural changes and rehabilitation exercises.
- Diagnosing, treating, and preventing speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
- Creating treatment and therapy plans to suit the individualised needs of a diverse population of patients.
- Performing screenings to detect voice or speech disorders.
- Educating patients and family members about speech disorders and causes, including disabilities and traumatic events.
- Keeping detailed records relating to patient conditions, care plans, therapies, and progress.
- Reporting progress and current status to appropriate parties, which may include family members, teachers, or medical professionals.