Adapt Health Care provides clinical Speech and Language Pathologists who specialise in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and speech disorders associated with our aged care clients.
Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.
When should you refer to a Speech and Language Pathologist?
- Difficulties swallowing. Some clients my experience muscle weakness that makes clearing food and drink difficult.
- Difficulties with memory
- Difficulties with receptive (understanding) and expressive (talking) language
- Following a medical event where speech and cognition has been affected such as; Stroke or brain injury
- Degenerative neurological conditions that are affecting abilities to swallow or speak – such as; Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease.