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Communication

Great communication is key to optimising your participation. We take the time to find out what’s most important to you to design solutions that work. Additionally, we work collaboratively with your doctor, other professionals, family and other key people to ensure you get the best and most efficient results.

 

Specialised Speech Pathology offers specialist treatment for a wide range of developmental or acquired communication difficulties.

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We provide evidence-based assessment and therapy for mild through to complex speech disorders. 

Speech disorders may arising from a range of causes including stroke, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, Spino-cerebellar Ataxia, disability and more. 

Therapy will include: 

  • Comprehensive articulation assessment including personalised base-line recordings

  • An inventory of strengths and areas for improvement

  • Personalised speech strategies

  • A targeted therapy program for completion both with your speech pathologist and at home independently

  • Progress and end-treatment assessments to track progress

 

Parkinson’s Disease and Degenerative conditions pose particular challenges. Common symptoms include speech that is difficult to understand, slowed rate of rate, short rushes of speech, soft sounding voice and monotone sounding voice quality. 

The Speech Pathologists at Specialised Speech Pathology are LSVT-LOUD Certified. Find out more about LSVT LOUD here. Don’t let your condition keep you from speaking confidently. We can help. 

Cognitive-Communication 

 

Cognitive-communication may arise following stroke, brain injury, Dementia or disability. 

We can support difficulties with memory, communication or cognition that are impacting your day-to-day life, by providing strategies that compensate and improve these skills.  

 

Here are common symptoms that you may be experiencing: 

  • Difficulties making decisions

  • Troubles initiating, planning, or organising tasks

  • Difficulties performing daily tasks (e.g., managing a schedule, managing medications, using your phone) 

  • Challenges with memory 

  • Difficulty controlling emotions and having social interactions

  • Challenges multitasking and maintaining attention

 

If you or your loved one experiences challenges in these area’s, therapy will include: 

  • Functional assessment 

  • Identifying functional tasks that you are having difficulties with 

  • Personalised compensatory strategies to support daily participation 

  • Impairment based treatments that target the direct area you are having difficulties with

  • Technology based and alternative and augmentative communication strategies and training 

  • Assessments & progress tracking

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Language 

 

Expressive and receptive language challenges can arise from a range of different diagnosis following stroke, brain injury, dementia, disability and progressive neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis.

 

Here are common symptoms of language disorders: 

  • Speaking/Expressive Language: Difficulties; finding words, speaking in long sentences, using correct grammar, substituting sounds or words, making up words 

  • Reading: Difficulties; reading words or sentences, recognising words by sight, sounding out words, reading comprehending 

  • Listening: Difficulties; understanding what others say, answering questions, processing information, understanding complex sentences 

  • Writing: Difficulties; writing letters, words or sentences, using correct grammar

 

If you or your loved one requires services for language, the services may include: 

  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessments 

  • Clear diagnosis of language difficulties 

  • Functional based treatments that directly support specific activities you participate in  

  • Impairment based treatments targeting direct area of language breakdown

  • Personalised compensatory strategy development 

  • Technology based treatments including iPad & others 

  • Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) development and training 

  • Report writing & ongoing assessment to track progress 

Social Skills 

 

Social communication includes three major skills: 

  • Using language for different reasons such as greeting, informing, promosing, requesting etc. 

  • Changing language for the listener or situation. Such as talking differently to friends or adults, giving sufficient information. 

  • Following rules for conversations and storytelling including taking turns, letting others know that topic when you start talking, staying on topic, using facial expressions, eye contact and body language when communicating 

 

Difficulties with social communication may include saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, telling stories that don’t make sense, using language in limited ways. 

 

Specialised Speech Pathology can support you or your loved one to improve areas of social communication  through role playing conversations, practice messages, brainstorming ideas and working on specific skills that are challenges in day-to-day life. 

Targeting social communication skills aim to support confidence during social settings and building and maintaining relationships. 

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Contact us to improve your communication skills

To see if online therapy would work for you & to ensure everything is set up smoothly for ongoing telehealth intervention, we offer a free initial online 30 minute consultation. 

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