Speech Pathology

      Speech pathology helps people who are having trouble communicating effectively.
Your Steps Speech Pathologist will work with you to get the most out of your communication ability.
Speech Pathology services are offered from the Hughesdale clinic. Home and community visits are possible, with travel charged from our Hughesdale site.


How we can help you

We work with you to improve your ability to communicate effectively with various people in your life and in various situations. For example we may be able to make it easier for you to:

  • Be better understood by people
  • Talk to your partner and close family members about what really matters to you.
  • Better enjoy one-on-one and group conversations and discussions
  • Chat to people in your work-place and get more involved in business meetings
  • Maintain or build your social network of friends and plan a social calendar.
  • Talk to people in shops and cafes
  • Be more independent having to deal with and communicate about medical, financial and legal matters
  • Have a better experience of communicating on the phone to services
  • Be a more assertive communicator and advocate for yourself.

At Steps, our aim is for you to feel more confident and to become more independent in your communication with with as many people and in as many situations as possible.


What are Communication Difficulties?

Communication Difficulties can be caused by difficulties in the following areas:

  • Speech clarity, fluency and Intonation
  • Verbal Expression
  • Understanding and Listening Skills                                         
  • Social Communication – getting along with others
  • Social Media use and Digital communication                        
  • Reading and Written Expression
  • Thinking, Planning, Problem-solving, and Self-regulation    
  • Swallowing, Saliva Management and meal time assistant   

Communication difficulties can have a significant impact on how a person functions in their daily life. The impact of communication difficulties can be felt across both simple activities such as ordering a meal in a restaurant or speaking in class, and more complex tasks such as applying for and getting a job . Communication difficulties can impact on interactions and relationships at home, at work, at school or socially.

People with communication difficulties can suffer frustration, anger, embarrassment, or grief as they try to communicate their needs. Others can misunderstand the person with the communication difficulty and respond insensitively or inappropriately.

At Steps your speech pathologist can help you if you have problems with speech, language, or communication. Speech pathology can also help if you have problems swallowing food or drinking safely.

We can also help people who are unable to speak find other ways to communicate. Some people may benefit from the development of customised but simple or ‘low-tech’ Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. Other people may require or prefer more ‘high-tech’ or assistive technology solutions.

You don’t usually need a referral from your doctor to see our speech pathologists. But in some situations, Medicare will cover some of the costs of a number of speech pathologist appointments if your GP draws up a Chronic Disease Management Plan.


How do we work with you?

  • We will usually work directly with you in therapy sessions in our clinic, at your home or out in the community.
  • We will often also work with members of your family to help them better understand the way you communicate
  • We provide training and problem-solving sessions for support workers/carer systems
  • We can provide group therapy
  • Sometimes we will work together with you on the computer using with well-recognized rehabilitation programs
  • We can also source electronic and low-tech communication devices if you are non-verbal or have limited speech


Who do we see?

We work with people over the age of 16 with:

  • Acquired Brain Injury such as Traumatic Brain injury and Stroke
  • Developmental Neurological Conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Progressive Neurological Conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neuron Disease

It is really common for people with these conditions to benefit from working with a Speech Pathologist. We work to improve or minimize the impact of these communication difficulties on important areas of a person’s life.