What is a Speech Pathologist?

A Speech Pathologist is an allied health professional who specialises in the assessment and therapy of communication and swallowing disorders. Our Speech Pathology team work with people of all ages and stages to improve their communication and mealtime safety.

Speech Pathologists are trained to support people with a range of concerns, including difficulties with speaking, understanding communication, social skills, swallowing, maintaining appropriate voice quality, literacy (reading and writing) and stuttering.

Our Speech Pathology Team work in a variety of ways to best suit the needs of their clients. This may be regular visits in a clinic or community setting, or a consultative role. Community settings may include a client’s home, child care, school or residential care home. Speech Pathologists may work directly with the client (teaching new skills and strategies) to support their goals, or with their carers to achieve the same goals by implementing strategies and systems to better support the individual's needs.

Do I need a referral to see a Speech Pathologist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a Speech Pathologist at Talkativity. Some clients may be eligible for Medicare rebated services. To determine your eligibility for Medicare rebates, make an appointment with your GP to discuss this. For clients funding services privately, through an alternate funding source, or through private health, no referral is required.

Is Speech Pathology an Evidence Based Profession?
Yes, Speech Pathology practice is firmly grounded in evidence based practice. All Speech Pathologists at Talkativity are Certified Practising Speech Pathologists and Members of Speech Pathology Australia. Our clinicians are required to practice within the guidelines of the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics which require all therapies provided to be evidence based.

Is my child too young for Speech Pathology?
No. If you have concerns regarding your child's social interactions, communication and/or feeding skills Speech Pathologists can assess and support your needs at any age.

For more information on Speech Pathology - check out the Speech Pathology Australia website.

 

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