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About Beth Causa

Speech pathologist with a passion for rehab, disability, and aged care. Mum. Private practice owner. Student supervisor.

What’s it like having a speech pathology placement in private practice?

By |2017-09-27T11:07:35+00:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

What is it like to have a speech pathology placement in private practice? Great question! This guest blog post was written by a speech pathology student, Sarah El-Wahsh. Sarah completed her final speech pathology placement with us in August 2017. She gives us some great insights into a placement in private practice.... Learning beyond the [...]

Group communication therapy

By |2017-09-27T11:08:45+00:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , |

We have wanted to offer group communication therapy for a long time now, and finally we are ready! Please spread the word. Groups are a fun, supportive way to practice communication skills. They are a recommended method of treatment after a stroke (read more here: Australian Aphasia Rehab Pathway). Our therapy groups are going to be dynamic. [...]

Engineering & Speech Pathology: an interesting collaboration

By |2017-11-03T09:41:19+00:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Health Promotion, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , |

Below is an article written by speech pathology student Terissa Morgan, about an interesting opportunity for collaboration between engineering & speech pathology.   “Thinking Outside The Box” In Collaborative Practice, by Terissa Morgan At the end of April, Alicia and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some engineering students from the [...]

The (mostly) good and the (sometimes) bad of speech pathology students in private practice

By |2017-09-27T11:11:09+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Our first pair of speech pathology students - Jaimie and Lizzy - have now finished their placement with Wollongong Speech Pathology. It was a dream having them on board with us. I loved talking to them about clients! It was brilliant to have two extra people involved, giving input into clients' assessment and treatment plans. [...]

Why take Student Speech Pathologists?

By |2017-09-27T11:12:01+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Wollongong Speech Pathology is now taking Student Speech Pathologists on clinical placement. Let's talk about why! Benefits to clients: a fresh perspective to therapy programs access to up-to-date evidence & techniques Benefits to the practice: give something back to the profession providing quality clinical opportunities to students Benefits to students: exposure to a wide range [...]

Christmas Hours 2016

By |2017-09-27T11:13:02+00:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Health Promotion|Tags: |

Merry Christmas for 2016! Thanks for another wonderful year We are passionate about our work as speech pathologists, and are lucky to have such a great network of clients and colleagues. Thank you for the opportunity to work together in 2016. Both Di and I will be working this week. We will then have a limited service for 2 [...]

Speech pathology & dementia diagnosis

By |2017-09-27T11:15:19+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , |

Making a dementia diagnosis is not a straight-forward process. Sometimes it can take years for a firm diagnosis to be made. What does an assessment involve? Dementia diagnosis requires a team approach. As a minimum, assessment will involve: a case history (your GP will ask you questions about your past, your current concerns, what is working [...]

Niki McDonagh: Occupational Therapy

By |2017-09-27T11:18:10+00:00November 27th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Interview Series: Collaborative practice in the Illawarra Working in private practice, especially out in the community, runs the risk of being isolating. I don't have an office to share with other health professionals. So I miss those important "corridor conversations". Thankfully, working in isolation is not my thing!! It is no fun for me, and not [...]

Dysphagia in Disability

By |2018-08-27T23:30:32+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , |

Our speech pathologist, Di Lam, attended a workshop in Melbourne this year. It was presented by Justine Joan Sheppard, who specialises in Dysphagia in Disability. Here are Di's reflections after the course......... What were the main topics covered? Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Developmental Disability and their causes Dysphagia Disorder Survey (DDS) & Dysphagia Management Staging [...]

Student placements in Disability

By |2017-09-27T11:20:41+00:00October 11th, 2016|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , |

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is changing the face of Disability services in Australia. There is a lot of interest, discussion and media attention on what it means for clients (which is obviously good). But there is not as much discussion about the workers providing the support services. Forecasters tell us that demand for speech pathologists [...]