Adapt Health Care provides clinical Speech and Language Pathologists who are highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and speech difficulties associated with our aged care clients.
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication difficulties, including those associated 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. A speech pathologist can also support people who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely.
When should I refer to a Speech and Language Pathologist?
- Difficulty or discomfort in swallowing: Some clients may experience difficulty with chewing, swallowing, coughing/choking on food or drink, drooling or pain when swallowing due to weakness or damage in their muscles or nerves
- Difficulties with memory
- Difficulties with receptive (understanding) and expressive (talking) language
- Difficulty with voice: Some clients may experience difficulties with how their voice sounds or their ability to produce words clearly.
- Following a medical event where speech and cognition have been affected, such as a stroke or brain injury
- Degenerative neurological conditions that are affecting the ability to swallow or speak – such as Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.
For more information on our speech pathology services, call 1800 085 030 or contact us.