Rehabilitation goals and accountability

By |2021-09-04T22:13:13+00:00September 4th, 2021|Categories: Groups, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

This is an article for any person delivering or receiving rehabilitation. If you (or someone you know) has an acquired illness or injury, speech pathology rehabilitation might be needed. It is common for clients to arrive at Wollongong Speech Pathology with some rehabilitation already under their belt. This might have been inpatient rehab, or [...]

Our Top 5 Apps For Adult Speech Pathology

By |2021-07-31T03:55:33+00:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

There are hundreds of available apps for adult speech pathology. How do you know which app to choose? How can iPad apps help an adult improve their communication and swallowing skills? As a community-based, mobile speech pathology practice, we have been using iPads for years. It is astounding how helpful our iPads are. We [...]

Communication Partner Training

By |2021-07-31T03:56:12+00:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Aged Care, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

They say that communication is a two-way street. There are always two or more people involved in an interaction. So when communication breaks down, maybe both people need to make changes so that communication can be better? That is essentially what communication partner training is all about. In this article, I'll explain what it [...]

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Aphasia Therapists

By |2021-07-31T03:56:25+00:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Aphasia is a communication disorder that often occurs after stroke or brain injury. It can cause difficulty with speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Importantly, aphasia does NOT affect intelligence. I’m not going to spend time here talking more about what aphasia is. If you want to read more about that, you can check out [...]

Speech pathology and Parkinson’s disease

By |2021-07-31T03:56:35+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , |

As many as 50-90% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease will develop speech and voice disorders (see ‘dysarthria’ and ‘dysphonia’ below). It is common for a person with Parkinson’s to speak too softly and quickly, to the point where other people can’t understand. For this reason, speech pathology and Parkinson’s disease go hand in hand. [...]

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

By |2021-07-31T03:57:08+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Disability, Groups, 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 [...]

Lung Disease and speech pathology: what can we do to protect your voice?

By |2021-07-31T03:57:24+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

How can speech pathology help a person with lung disease? Do you have lung disease? Perhaps you hadn’t thought much about speech pathology until one day your doctor suggests a referral to a speech pathologist. And now you are wondering: what do lung disease and speech pathology have in common? Lung disease and speech pathology: [...]

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 |2021-07-25T23:46:03+00:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Groups, 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. [...]

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. [...]

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