Disability

Communication accessibility is communication for all

By |2018-08-28T11:12:02+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation|Tags: , |

In Speech Pathology Week 2018, we call for greater action towards national communication accessibility. This is the message we send with this year’s theme: Communication Access Is Communication for all. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access is enabling people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to effective communication, or [...]

Why talking together is better! Here’s the evidence for group therapy for adults

By |2018-06-11T05:40:58+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , |

We are big fans of group therapy for adults at Wollongong Speech Pathology. There is  good evidence that talking together with peers leads to good communication outcomes. And people LIKE coming to groups to practice their communication goals. It makes sense really. When attending a group, you get focused practice on a communication skill as [...]

How can speech pathology help an adult with speech problems?

By |2018-04-10T11:18:16+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , |

Speech pathologists are well known for helping children with speech problems. This is an area of practice that receives significant attention during a speech pathologist's training, and is the subject of countless (and great) textbooks. But what happens to the child that continues to speak unclearly into adulthood?? How can speech pathology help an adult with speech [...]

My top five tips for working with the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

By |2018-03-08T09:52:28+00:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Disability|Tags: , |

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme now in full-swing down in the Illawarra, I’m taking a moment to stop and ask myself, “how are we going as NDIS Providers”? I’ve pulled together my top 5 tips for working with the NDIS, which help me to provide quality Disability services My Top Five for working with [...]

It’s here! Celebrating the NDIS Illawarra

By |2017-09-28T12:55:01+00:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , |

About the NDIS Illawarra Family Fun Day On Saturday 26th August I was out at Kembla Grange Raceway, welcoming the NDIS to the Illawarra. This was the official "launch party" for the NDIS in the Illawarra and the turnout was impressive. I really enjoyed seeing the positive interactions between participants, their families, and service providers. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]