Speech Pathology

What is speech therapy?

Myth: Speech Therapy just helps people to talk.

One of the most common misconceptions about speech pathology is that it just helps people talk. However, speech pathology includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and can apply to people of any age and many different health conditions.

Communication is not only about words. We can help you learn social skills, such as making friends, chatting, and building your confidence. A speech therapist can help people with different speech difficulties and language issues like dyslexia and dyspraxia.  

When should I see a speech pathologist?

Did you know - A formal referral is not required to see a speech pathologist.

There are many reasons why a person might benefit from seeing a speech pathologist. Some common reasons people seek the help of a speech pathologist include:

  • A child that has difficulty being understood by other children in the child care centre
  • A high school student who stutters and wishes to speak more fluently and with confidence.
  • A person experiencing difficulty speaking after a brain injury
  • A person with dementia who needs assistance communicating with family and carers and making choices about their future
  • A person who is experiencing difficulties swallowing safely following a stroke.

How can a speech pathologist help me?

Challenge Speech therapists can help you:

  • Develop your speech and language skills to get your message across
  • Speak with confidence
  • Use and understand words and sentences
  • Improve speech clarity
  • Listen, understand and follow directions
  • Use communication devices and aids
  • Manage mealtimes better 
  • Build your communication skills to get job-ready

Our fact sheets show common disorders our Speech Pathologists can help you with.

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