What is speech pathology?
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency and voice.
AYS speech pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of a range of reasons including developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other difficulties that can affect speech and language.
What does a speech pathologist do?
Depending on your goals and your unique situation your speech pathologist will work with you on a range on therapy initiatives to assist you with communication or swallowing.
These could include:
- Supporting you to find strategies to develop your communication including using communication aids and other assistive technologies. We also may provide resources, information and advice to you, your family member or carer and other people who work with you like teachers, co-workers or other support people.
- Providing communication support including assisting speech, writing, reading, gesturing and using communication aids.
- Recommending physical exercises to improve your speech, eating or swallowing.
- Working alongside occupational therapist and physiotherapists to provide support that meets your needs or those of a family member.