Ask A Speechie – So you’re a Speech Pathologist. What does that mean and what do you do?

December 3, 2018
Ask A Speechie – So you’re a Speech Pathologist. What does that mean and what do you do?

This month’s Ask A Speechie question is answered by Speech Pathologist Anna Woodburn

Question: So you’re a Speech Pathologist. What does that mean and what do you do?

A Speech Pathologist, also commonly known as a Speech Therapist, studies, diagnoses and treats people with communication difficulties. We work with a wide range of different age groups in a variety of different settings. You may have seen Speech Pathologists working with elderly patients in nursing homes, babies in special care nurseries, adults in rehabilitation centres, and families in community health clinics. Here at Melbourne Child Development we work predominately with children from 0 to 18 years in private practice and educational settings such as kindergartens, childcare centres and schools.

A Speech Pathologist’s scope of practice includes the areas of articulation, language, fluency, literacy, social skills, voice, feeding and swallowing. We might be helping a client to master the /s/ sound in one session, reducing stuttering in another, and targeting ‘picky eating’ in the next. We strive to build and expand our skills and knowledge in each of these areas as much and as often as possible, so that we can utilise comprehensive assessment tools, provide up-to-date information and conduct evidence-based therapy for the best possible outcomes.

A Speech Pathologist is a good team player. It is important for us to liaise with a wide range of health professionals and educational staff members in order to provide a holistic approach to our clients and the team of people working with them.

A Speech Pathologist is a good communicator. We modify the language we use in order to provide relevant information to a child, their parent, their teacher or their health care professional in the most effective and engaging way we can.

A Speech Pathologist is flexible. We adapt our sessions depending on the age of our client, their background, their interests, their level of development, and how they are feeling on that particular day.

A Speech Pathologist is friendly and fun! We aim for our clients to feel as comfortable and confident as possible, so that they feel ready and open to learn and participate mostly using a play-based approach.

To learn more about the types of services provided by a Speech Pathologist please contact the team at Melbourne Child Development on 9890 1062.