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The Essential Role of Speech Pathologists: Speech Pathology Week 2023

Communication is the bridge that connects us to the world, enabling us to express thoughts, emotions, and ideas. However, when communication disorders hinder this bridge, individuals face unique challenges. 

Did you know 1 in 7 Australian’s will have a communication difficulty at some stage in their life?
 
Any communication difficulty, mild or complex, may be a barrier for a person to interact with others and participate in everyday activities. With the right supports, every person with communication difficulty can overcome  these barriers and live a good life.
What is a speech pathologist?
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, social communication, fluency and voice.
 
Speech pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of:
  • developmental delays
  • a learning or intellectual disability
  • cerebral palsy
  • autism
  • brain injury
  • stroke
  • dementia
  • hearing loss
  • people who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely
  • as well as other problems that can affect speech and language
When to consider seeing a certified speech pathologist
Difficulty with articulation
  • Do you often struggle to pronounce certain sounds or words? If your speech is frequently misunderstood or unclear due to articulation issues, a certified speech pathologist can help.  
Stuttering or disfluency
  • If you find yourself repeating sounds or syllables, experiencing prolonged pauses, or facing any other disruptions in your speech flow, certified speech pathologists can assist you to overcome stuttering and gaining fluency.  
Language challenges
  • Whether you’re having trouble understanding others or expressing your thoughts coherently, certified speech pathologists are well-equipped to address a wide range of language difficulties, optimising your ability to communicate effectively.
Voice
  • If you frequently experience hoarseness, vocal fatigue, or any other issues related to your voice, certified speech pathologists can provide therapeutic exercises and techniques to improve vocal quality and endurance.  
Communication and swallowing difficulty after injury or illness
  • If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury, stroke, or any other neurological condition affecting communication, certified speech pathologists can develop tailored rehabilitation plans to aid recovery and optimise your communication potential.  
Difficulty with social communication
  • If you struggle to comprehend social cues, maintain conversations, or participate in group interactions, certified speech pathologists can equip you with the necessary skills to thrive in various social settings.  
How can On The Go Rehabilitation Services assist?
On The Go Rehabilitation Services specialises in assessment and treatment of adults with communication and swallowing disorders.
 
We provide a mobile service, with a focus on delivering practical, client centred solutions to speech, language, voice and swallowing issues. We work with a wide range of clients, with variable underlying pathologies including stroke, dementia, neurological disorders, head and neck cancer, developmental disabilities, as well as normal ageing.
 
We conduct thorough, holistic assessments in all areas of communication. These include:
  • verbal expression
  • understanding
  • reading
  • writing
  • social skills
  • slurred speech
  • voice disorders,
  • as well as alternative or augmentative modes of communication.
This allows us to work with clients to set functional, realistic goals to work towards improving their communication skills and overall quality of life.
 
Our therapists are highly skilled and are passionate about providing client centred strategies and advice to maximise enjoyment of food and drink, whilst minimising the risk of choking or aspiration.
 
Our mobile service allows us to demonstrate appropriate meal and drink preparation within the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen.
 
Contact On The Go Rehab today to arrange a schedule of visits to suit you.

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