This Service is for:
Our Speech Pathologists work as part of the interdisciplinary team to assist participants to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. We work with adults who have communication and swallowing (dysphagia) difficulties as a result of a brain injury.
Why is Speech Pathology important?
Communication skills are vital for a person’s ability to connect with others, maintain meaningful relationships, and for many valued life roles. Communication disorders can have a significant impact on our social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Dysphagia can have a substantial impact on a person’s quality of life because eating and drinking is important to maintaining physical wellbeing, and central to many social and cultural activities.
Our services may include:
- Assessment and treatment of communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency, social communication and cognition (attention, memory, problem solving)
- Assessment, report writing and implementation of Assistive technology (AAC/Communication devices)
- Assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties (dysphagia):
- Mealtime management plan/OEDCP
- provision of mealtime equipment
- strategies to improve safety during mealtimes
- Education of family members, support workers and significant others about communication and cognitive impairments, dysphagia and food/fluid modification
- Face to face therapy, Telehealth, home and community visits
- One to one therapy or group therapy
- Allied Health Assistants or Speech Pathology student support to implement therapy programs.