Services for Adults
South Metro Speech Pathology can support you or your loved one who has speech, voice, language, cognitive-communication and/or swallowing difficulties due to causes such as:
- Brain Tumours
- Head & Neck Cancers
- Hearing Impairment
- Motor Neurone Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson's Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Our adult speech pathologists have vast experience in managing communication and/or swallowing difficulties which may result from chronic developmental disorders, neurological problems, tumour involvement and chronic stuttering. Therapy is aimed at supporting you or your loved one's independence and safety, to promote quality of life and confident participation in social and other daily activities.
A majority of people swallow food and drinks without having to give it much thought. It’s reflexive, like breathing. However, as much as 22% of people aged 50 and over and 50% of aged care facilities residents have swallowing disorders. This is known as dysphagia.
When left unmanaged or mismanaged, dysphagia may result in chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration and in serious cases, death. Our adult speech pathologist are trained to assess and manage swallowing disorders through a combination of compensatory strategies, rehabilitation exercises, oral hygiene promotion and multidisciplinary collaboration.
If you suspect that you or your loved one may have a swallowing disorder, get in touch with us and our team will be happy to speak with you about your concerns.
As a result of surgery or neurological, respiratory, and other general medical problems, some people require a short or long term tracheostomy, with or without assisted ventilation. This may sometimes be accompanied by swallowing and voice disorders.
Our adult speech pathologists are trained to provide services in assessing and managing communication and swallowing for individuals with a tracheostomy. As part of ensuring a multidisciplinary healthcare approach, our adult speech pathologist will work closely with other healthcare professionals involved in the management of the tracheostomy. Most importantly, therapy goals centred on promoting airway protection, safe swallowing rehabilitation, and voicing and alternative communication strategies will be set in collaboration with you or your loved one.
Acquired Communication Disorders
Depending on the medical condition, the following communication disorders may arise:
- Difficulty getting your message across and finding the right words or difficulty understanding what others are saying. This is known as aphasia. People with aphasia may also have difficulty reading and writing.
- Difficulty forming the speech sounds of your words despite knowing what you want to say, and this may get harder when you try to say more words each time. This is known as verbal dyspraxia.
- Difficulty in producing speech that is loud and clear enough. This is known as dysarthria.
- Difficulty in producing a clear, strong voice and voice quality appears rough, breathy, weak and/or strained. This is known as dysphonia.
- Difficulty in memory, understanding subtle language (eg. sarcasm), and problem solving. This is known as cognitive-communication disorders.
Our adult speech pathologists are trained and experienced in assessing and providing therapy for these communication disorders. As these disorders rarely present alone, our speech pathologists will highlight the relevant areas of difficulties to you or your loved ones and discuss therapy options and goals collaboratively. The direction of therapy will depend on you or your loved one’s life stage, social and environmental factors and key needs.
When left untreated, stuttering can become chronic and follow you or your loved one into adulthood. We know that social anxiety and low self-esteem can result from chronic stuttering in adults and we want to help. Our adult speech pathologists are trained in the Camperdown Program which has been found to be an effective treatment for stuttering in teenagers and adults.
Speak with us today to find out how you or your loved one can get started with the program.
Aged Care Facility Support
South Metro Speech Pathology recognises that carers and nurses play a vital role in the care of elderly residents and patients. Our adult speech pathologists are experienced in working with the elderly and will love to partner with aged care facilities in providing the following services:
- consultation in assessing swallowing and communication disorders
- ongoing management and therapy of swallowing and communication disorders
- workshops for swallowing management for carers and nursing staff
- workshops for communication strategies for carers and nursing staff