About Speech Therapy
Speech therapy supports both adults and children, with communication difficulties. Speech therapy can help you to communicate efficiently and effectively. In Australia, those who specialise in this profession are known as Speech Pathologists.
Speech Pathologists in Australia, study for approximately four years to obtain a degree in order to be able to assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. Upon graduation, a Speech Pathologist is awarded with a Bachelor’s degree with full accreditation to treat both adults and children with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Speech Pathologists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. Speech pathology is a very unique and interesting field of study. Speech Pathologists work in a variety of settings providing therapy for people in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and in private practices.
What is speech therapy and who does a speech pathologist see?
Speech Pathologists see both adults and children with cognitive-linguistic, language, literacy, swallowing, stuttering, voice, and motor speech disorders. These disorders may occur early in life (congenital disorder or learning disability), or as a result of a stroke, cancer, brain injury, progressive neurological disease, learning disability, hearing loss, or as a result of complex and/or chronic medical conditions. Speech pathology intervention begins by screening for communication and swallowing disorders, and continues with the assessment, diagnosis and management of these disorders. For more information about conditions managed by a speech therapist click here.
What does speech therapy involve?
A Speech Pathologist will assess and provide differential diagnosis and management plans for patients with swallowing (dysphagia) difficulties, as well as communication disorders relating to speech (apraxia/dysarthria/articulation/phonology/stuttering), language (expressive and/or receptive) and voice. Speech therapy ideally aims to assist individuals to efficiently and effectively communicate; in particular, maximising independence and participation in the community. Therapy programs are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and their family through client-centred and family-centred approaches to management. These evidence-based therapy programs assist in reducing barriers to participation and activity in society in order to optimise a patient’s functional communication. Functional communication goals are ideally tailored to the individual and their family. The benefit of speech therapy in aiding communication is invaluable in improving and restoring quality of life.
Results focused speech therapy in Sydney
This article was written by our speech pathologist Eugene Pillay who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. ENT Clinic Speech Pathology is a speech therapy private practice in Sydney. We can help adults and children with speech and language problems. Call us if you have questions about speech pathology or require speech therapy in Sydney.
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We see children and adults for all areas of speech therapy.