The prevalence of dysphagia (inability to swallow effectively) and communication disorders in aged-care is significant and, given our ageing population, these concerns are on the rise. It is estimated that "by 2050 one third of the world's population is expected to be over 60yrs of age and 10-30% of adults are likely to have dysphagia". (Speech Pathology Australia Dysphagia Clinical Guidelines, 2013).
The Communicate Speech Pathologists are highly trained and empathetic professionals who have been working in the disability sector for over 12 years. Working within a compassionate and understanding framework, they are committed to improving the lives of all people with Communication difficulties no matter their level of ability of background.
At Communicate Speech Pathology we are very passionate about our work with people with disabilities and are currently treating adults in several supported workplaces in Sydney and Wollongong with terrific results.
The Speech Pathologists at Communicate work one on one with many of our clients to offer an individualised approach to their communication difficulties. Our individual sessions range from 30-60mins.
Our speech pathology assessments use a combination of informal and standardised tests depending on the needs and ability of the client. Following assessment, a summary or comprehensive report is available and an individualised program is designed. A consultative approach is taken throughout the assessment in order to take into consideration the needs of the family and goals of other professionals involved.
As a mobile service provider the Speech Pathologists at Communicate are able to offer school based speech therapy sessions. This provides the benefit of opportunities to liase with teaching staff, target speech and language goals that are relevant to the curriculum and allows for stronger generalisation of communication skills to be achieved in the classroom environment.
At Communicate we have a demonstrated passion for working with early educators to reduce the frequency of speech and language disorders in school-aged children. This means ensuring that children with communication disorders are identified as soon as possible prior to commencing school.
As parents ourselves, we understand the desire to know as much about your child’s development as possible. At Communicate we have devised a number of training programs to assist parents in furthering their knowledge about speech and language development and useful strategies for promoting communication.
If you are interested in refering your child or family member, student or patient to Communicate Speech Pathology please contact our office on 02 9328 3444 or via our contact form.
Please note that a doctor's referral is not necessary except in the case where your GP has provided approval for you to receive Speech Pathology under Medicare's Enhanced Primary Care Plan. For further information please view the fact sheet.