communication

Speech pathology and Parkinson’s disease

By |2019-10-24T10:01:56+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. [...]

Communicating with Confidence: Speech Pathology Week 2019

By |2019-08-29T06:39:54+00:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Health Promotion|Tags: , , |

There are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability. Speech pathologists support these Australians to go about each day communicating with confidence. In Australia, communication disability is largely invisible. Unseen and out-of-sight.  Australians with communication disability cannot maximise future educational, health and social outcomes, without the intervention of a speech pathologist. Communicating with confidence is vital to [...]

Adult Stuttering Treatment

By |2019-06-20T16:27:33+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Have you watched the movie "The King's Speech"? If you have not, it’s based on the true story of King George VI, who had a severe stutter. The King sought help from a speech therapist named Lionel Logue in the 1920's. Together they worked hard in treatment, and as a result the King succeeded in [...]

What is a speech pathologist’s role at end of life?

By |2019-04-24T14:31:13+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Caring for a person at the end of their life can be a gift. If done well, we can support a person to die with dignity as well as supporting the loved ones they will leave behind. This presents two questions: What is the role of speech pathology in end of life care, and [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2017-11-03T09:36:13+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Health Promotion, 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: [...]

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 [...]