Speech Pathology at Minda's Southern Disability Support is primarily involved in the assessment and diagnosis of swallowing disorders, and exploration of augmented communication – verbal and non-verbal.
Intellectual disability, ageing, and illness commonly result in difficulty with communication, and potential difficulty organising and coordinating the muscles for swallowing.
A swallowing disorder can impact on your health and wellbeing and can result in:
- Chest infections
Speech pathologists advise on swallowing techniques and may recommend texture modification of food and fluid to reduce the risks of ill health and to promote the safety of swallowing.