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About Beth Causa

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

Assessment and treatment for anomic aphasia after TBI

By |2024-04-24T00:06:09+00:00April 23rd, 2024|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Aphasia is relatively uncommon after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with incidence estimated between 2-32%. In May 2024, I presented a poster at the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) conference. This article provides supplementary materials to that poster. Scroll to the bottom of this post for references and to find a [...]

Travel Bug – Helping You Travel After Brain Injury

By |2023-09-19T02:15:43+00:00September 19th, 2023|Categories: Health Promotion, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Are you a person with a brain injury or disability who likes to travel? You should check out this travel planning checklist. It was created BY people with brain injuries FOR people with brain injuries (and other disabilities). The checklist was created as part of a rehabilitation program called "project-based group therapy". Please watch [...]

How to talk to a person with Dementia

By |2023-09-11T04:34:15+00:00September 11th, 2023|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dementia is more than just memory loss. It is a collection of symptoms affecting thinking, memory, language, and behaviour. A person with Dementia may have difficulty completing everyday tasks like reading, writing, expressing emotions, finding words when talking, and participating in conversations. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Rather, it is caused by brain disease. [...]

What is Cognitive-Communication?

By |2024-04-24T00:21:37+00:00August 14th, 2023|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

When a person experiences communication difficulties because of a cognitive problem, they may have a "cognitive-communication impairment". For example, a person might have an underlying memory problem which results in difficulty remembering the topic of a conversation, or difficulty remembering the steps in an instruction. These communication difficulties are caused by the memory impairment, [...]

Mealtime Support for Adults with Disabilities

By |2023-03-30T11:06:08+00:00March 29th, 2023|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , , |

Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals. Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty ('dysphagia'). Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge [...]

All about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

By |2022-12-01T02:37:31+00:00December 1st, 2022|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , |

For some individuals, verbal communication is not feasible or effective. Does this mean that the individual is unable to communicate? Of course not! It may mean that the person uses something other that speech to get their message across. Cue Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In this article by our speech pathologist Jordan Duncan, we explain [...]

Dementia Services in the Illawarra

By |2022-11-15T03:59:00+00:00November 15th, 2022|Categories: Aged Care, Health Promotion|Tags: , , , , |

Join us in celebrating International Day of Older Persons 2022, with a focus on "celebrating the resilience and contributions of older women". In this video, Beth is reflecting on services that are available for those with dementia, to help our older people to live well as part of the Illawarra community. [...]

Evidence based therapy for Mild Aphasia

By |2023-01-24T00:14:19+00:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Aphasia is caused by damage to parts of the brain responsible for language, usually due to stroke or brain injury. How severe the aphasia is relates to how much a person’s language is affected. A person with mild aphasia might have word finding difficulties, problems explaining complex information, or difficulties understanding complex information. Even though [...]

Speech Pathology Allied Health Assistant

By |2022-06-17T22:27:05+00:00April 27th, 2022|Categories: AHA|Tags: , , , , , , |

The speech pathology Allied Health Assistant, or AHA, can aid the delivery and administration of speech pathology services. The AHA is not a replacement for a qualified speech pathologist. Rather, the AHA can make a speech pathology program more efficient and effective. This creates benefits for both clients and speech pathologists. You pay a reduced [...]

Christmas Hours 2021

By |2021-12-29T04:14:18+00:00December 29th, 2021|Categories: Health Promotion|Tags: |

Merry Christmas for 2021! 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 2021. Here are our operating hours for this festive season: Business as usual until 23 December 2021 [...]

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