Many people have only a vague idea of what speech pathology (also commonly referred to as speech therapy) encompasses – some assume it is just for children who can’t pronounce their ‘R’s or those with an obvious speech impediment. And while NDIS speech pathology can certainly assist those who have these kinds of concerns, speech pathology often encompasses a much broader range of disorders and can be beneficial for people of any age. Those accessing speech pathology with NDIS funding will find support and assistance for a wide range of communicative difficulties.
At Therapy Inclusive, our Speech Pathologists are able to support people accessing the NDIS who have difficulties in the areas of speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills and stuttering. Our experienced speech therapists are also able to support people who experience difficulties with eating and swallowing safely. In addition to ongoing support, our Speech Pathologists can conduct initial assessments and develop personalised strategies to assist with achieving both short and long-term goals.
Speech pathologists can support those with NDIS funding who have problems with communication due to disability, injury, hearing impairment or dementia. Speech pathology with NDIS funding may also be available for anyone who is having trouble safely swallowing food or drink.
An appointment with a Speech Pathologist is often recommended for:
- Young children who are slow to start speaking.
- Those who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder or an intellectual disability that is affecting their communication.
- Infants who have a cleft palate (which can interfere with natural feeding).
- Children with a developmental language disorder (such as struggling to understand what someone else is trying to say to them or issues with written or verbal communication).
- Anyone who has suffered from a stroke or who has experienced an acquired brain injury.
- People who have a stutter when they speak.
- Those affected by hearing loss.
- Anyone who uses or needs to use a device for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
- Those who have trouble swallowing naturally without choking.
Our Speech Pathologists use a wide range of techniques to help people accessing the NDIS develop the skills they need to communicate effectively with others. This can significantly improve a person’s quality of life, as it minimises the frustration caused by miscommunication, helps to improve personal relationships and can assist with general brain development.