We help you interact with the people that mean the most to you.
Speech Pathology provides assessment and intervention for adults and children who have difficulties or impairments in speech (articulation of sounds), receptive language (understanding of language), expressive language (use of language), social communication, voice, fluency (stuttering), literacy, and swallowing.
Our service includes individualised therapy alongside home programs and training of informal support (e.g. for family, friends and carers). We also determine whether augmentative and alternative communication methods are necessary. You may benefit from speech pathology if you have a diagnosis of a neurological condition, intellectual or developmental delay or hearing impairment.
Are you having difficulty communicating with the people around you?
Successful communication includes:
Being able to clearly articulate sounds (speech)
Understanding what is being said (receptive language)
Saying what you mean to say (expressive language)
Being appropriate in what you say (social communication)
Being clear and loud (voice)
Speaking smoothly without stuttering (fluency)
Being able to read and write (literacy)
A person with a communication difficulty may face challenges in one, or a combination, of these areas.
At Better Rehab, we provide goal-driven therapy to children, teenagers and adults with a range of neurological conditions and disabilities.
We love learning about your personal goals in order to tailor our therapy to meet your needs. Therapy can take place in our clinic, at your home, school or in the community.
Social Skills and Relationships
Some people have difficulty interacting and communicating appropriately with others, known as social skills or social communication difficulties. Difficulties may include finding it challenging to start or end a conversation, saying the “right” things to others, or understanding how others are thinking and feeling and responding in an appropriate way. These difficulties may impact on your relationships with other people.
A speech pathologist can support you to develop your social skills to enable to you to have more enjoyable social interactions and more rewarding relationships with others.
Swallowing and Meal-time Management
Do you have difficulty chewing, eating, drinking or swallowing?
Do you feel like food or drink goes “down the wrong way”?
Do you often cough while eating or drinking?
Do you have regular chest infections?
These can be signs of a swallowing impairment.
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) ficAny difficulty with the process of eating or drinking and may include difficulty with chewing, starting a swallow, clearing food or drink from your mouth or throat, or discomfort when swallowing.
The following are common signs of dysphagia:
Coughing, gagging or choking whilst eating and/or drinking
Wet, gurgly voice after eating and/or drinking
Feeling like food, drink and/or saliva is going down the wrong way
Feeling that food, drink and/or saliva is stuck in your throat
Experiencing frequent chest infections
Speech Pathologist’s at Better Rehab can assist your swallowing safety by:
Assessing your swallowing function
Referring you to specialists if further investigation is required
Recommending diet modifications
Providing therapy and education on safe swallowing strategies
Swallowing impairments can lead to serious complications so always contact your GP or Speech Pathologist if you are concerned. Contact us today to book a consultation.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology
If you have difficulty with speaking verbally, you may wish to explore alternative methods to assist your communication. This may include use of gestures, sign language, non-electronic communication boards/books and electronic devices to support communication.
Our speech pathologists at Better Rehab can help you determine whether you will benefit from AAC systems and recommend appropriate assistive technology options for communication.
Contact one of our dedicated team members to enquire. How can we help you today?