Communicating with Confidence

We’re celebrating Speech Pathology Week, from August 25 to 31, here at Minda by recognising the valuable work of our speech pathology team within Minda ASSIST Therapy.

Our Speech Pathology Clinical Leads Sarah and Breanna said the theme for this year’s Speech Pathology Week is Communicating with Confidence.

According to Speech Pathology Australia, there are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability.

Sarah said speech pathologists work with customers at Minda to provide them with the confidence to communicate.

“Communicating with confidence is vital to enable everyone to participate fully in the social, educational, economic and sporting aspects of community life,” she said.

Breanna said it is important to understand that communication is more than speech.

“People with communication difficulties communicate with others using a variety of means, including word-based or picture-based communication boards or books, sign and gesture, and spelling,” Breanna said.

“Technology is playing a growing and vital role in keeping people with communication difficulties engaged with their family, friends and community.”

Assistive technology, such as electronic communication and speech generating devices, voice amplification and computer access aids (including eye-gaze mouse control and head tracking devices) allow people with communication difficulties to communicate with those around them.

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disability, including difficulties with speech, language, reading and writing, stuttering and voice. They work with Australians who have communication disability that may:

  • Emerge during early childhood e.g. speech and language disorders, stuttering, difficulties learning to read and write
  • Arise from premature birth, or may be present from birth e.g. cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairments and cleft palate
  • Occur as a result of physical, intellectual or sensory disability or a mental illness
  • Occur during adult years e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, head/neck cancers, neurodegenerative disorders such as motor neurone disease
  • Develop in the elderly e.g. dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease.

For information about Speech Pathology Week visit www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/week