The Speech Pathologist provides a range of services to help with speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing. The Speech Pathologist supports community health clients, children aged up to six and adults 18+ as well as aged care residents and acute patients. The Speech Pathologist will assess, diagnose and treat these clients and patients with difficulties in any of the following areas:
- Speech: the way in which sounds are made and used
- Language: the ability to understand what is said to you, and get your message across effectively
- Voice: the way you sound to those listening to your talking, including pitch (tone), loudness, and quality.
- Fluency: known as stuttering, refers to an interruption in speech flow.
- Swallowing: known as dysphagia, this can include difficulties with sucking, swallowing, drinking, chewing, eating, saliva control and airway protection, trouble controlling food and/or saliva and taking medications and coughing/choking when eating or drinking.