What is a Speech Pathologist?

What is a Speech Pathologist?

Who sees Speech Pathologists and for what?

Have you ever asked yourself one of these questions? Chances are that most people have at some stage heard about Speech Pathology and might have a vague idea about what it involves.. perhaps talking with marbles in your mouth (‘King’s Speech’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ spring to mind)? Well here are some fun facts about what Speech Pathologist (Speechies) actually do and how they can work with your family to achieve results!

 

Speechies can work with infants, children and adults across a range of different areas. The profession is governed by an independent body in Australia (Speech Pathology Australia) that promotes best practice by ensuring its members keep up to date with new research.

 

Speechies can work with individuals and families across one or more of the following areas:

 

  • Developing play skills
  • Constructing sentences
  • Following directions
  • Answering questions
  • Understanding stories
  • Retelling stories and events
  • Eliminating or managing a stutter
  • Articulating sounds
  • Using correct grammar
  • Interacting with others appropriately
  • Using first words
  • Planning and organising themselves
  • Reading difficulties
  • Understanding what they have read
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Writing stories
  • Understanding the language of maths
  • Voice problems
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Setting up and using augmentative and alternative communication devices
  • Word finding difficulties

So no marbles here, but if you or someone you know has difficulties in one or more of these areas, you can find out more by contacting a Speech Pathologist. So pick up the phone and have a chat to your Speech Pathologist to see if your queries warrant booking in for an initial assessment appointment!