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How can Speech Pathologists support job performance and job seeking?

Communication plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an integral part of the workplace.

Communication involves:

- Being understood

- Thinking of what to say

- Writing

- Reading

- Understanding information

- Resolving complex problems

- Sharing ideas clearly and with sufficient detail

- Resolving social conflict

- Forming relationships

- Understanding perspectives and emotions

- Summarising information and sharing findings

- Sharing information in a crowd

- … and much more!

When you take the above into consideration, think about how much we communicate at work?

In most jobs, communication is used throughout the day. This may include greeting a customer, sending and responding to emails, answering the phone, speaking with colleagues, providing and understanding instructions for a task, or writing report and emails.

Successful communication generates idea sharing, increased efficiency and conflict resolution. Miscommunication in the workplace frequently causes business shortfalls in addition to breakdowns in working relationships.

Having a job has positive implications for our mental health, wellbeing and sense of self. It’s not just about the pay-check. Work makes people happier. Whether a job is paid or unpaid, people who work tend to meet people and expand their social networks, feel productive and valued knowing that they are making important contributions and develop new skills, both work and non-work related.

People with a disability can face a range of individual and structural barriers at different stages of employment including recruitment, retention and re-entering the workforce.

Can a Speech Pathologist help me?

Speech Pathologists can work with you to improve areas of their communication that can support your ability to either:

- maintain your communication to maintain your job

- return to work after injury

- or build skills necessary to support your employment or volunteering in the community

This looks different for each and every client. The first step is to determine specific areas that you are having difficulty in, and then provide personalised therapy to support these skills.

Building functional communication skills is key to intervention and this is something that should be prioritised during sessions.

Areas which we can help you include:

- Understanding interview questions

- Speaking clearly

- Making phone calls

- Following procedures

- Resolving social conflicts

- Talking to your colleagues appropriately

- Answering questions succinctly and clearly

- Improving communication clarity when making presentations

- Writing emails

- Improving memory of spoken information

- Putting together sentences to effectively convey your message

- Avoiding vocal injury and practicing safe voice use

- Behaving in a socially acceptable manner

We are passionate about listening to your goals and ensuring that therapy is targeted to your specific needs, to support your overall participation.


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