Speech Pathologists are allied health professionals specialising in communication and swallowing disorders. Speech Pathologists provide assessment, therapy, and management from newborn babies across to the later stages of life. Speech Pathologists assess and manage children and adults requiring assistance in several areas including, speech, language, voice, fluency, mealtime management, literacy, and alternative / augmentative communication.
At Aura Speech Pathology, we focus specifically on supporting children and adults presenting with speech, language, voice and Orofacial Myology disorders. Please see below for more information on these range of practice areas.
Speech skills develop in children from birth. They include being able to make sounds (vowels & p, b, m, t, d, w), babbling, and beginning to say the correct sounds in words (like saying ‘goat’ instead of ‘toat’). Speech pathologists help to increase children's intelligibility, or clarity when talking. At Aura Speech Pathology, we have experience supporting children with both basic and complex speech sound delays and disorders.
Language is made up of both receptive skills and expressive skills. Receptive language refers to how we comprehend and understand words and sentences. Expressive language refers to how we use words and sentences.
Speech pathologists also help to develop pragmatic language skills (social skills). Pragmatic language refers to the social language skills we use when we interact with others. Examples include:
- Asking for, giving, and responding to information
- Introducing and maintaining topics
- Making relevant contributions to a topic
- Offering/responding to expressions of affection appropriately
A voice disorder occurs when the pitch, loudness, or quality of the voice distracts from what the speaker is saying.
Voice therapy involves patient-centered treatment methods that modify behaviors that contribute to voice disorders.