What is Speech Pathology?

Speech pathology is the practice of assessing and treating difficulties in communication and swallowing. Speech pathology services are provided by Certified Practicing Speech Pathologists, practitioners with either a Bachelor or Masters degree in speech pathology who are registered with Speech Pathology Australia. Speech Pathologists can support clients throughout the lifespan with difficulties that may either be developmental (present from birth) or acquired (the result of an injury or other event).

 

 

What Services Do We Offer?

At LS Health Services, we currently offer speech pathology assessment and intervention across the following practice areas for adults and children:

  • Early Language Development

  • Receptive and Expressive Language

  • Narrative Language

  • Pragmatic Language

  • Speech

  • Literacy

  • Feeding

  • Swallowing

  • Simple Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC; using assistive technology to support communication)

 

As a clinic that values neurodiversity affirming practices, we do not offer ‘social skills training’ as a standard service. While we are passionate about helping individuals to achieve their own personal goals, we do not work on social skills for the sake of having a person ‘act like everyone else’.

 

There are some services we DO NOT offer at this time as we do not currently have any clinicians with experience in these areas:

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Stuttering and Speech Fluency

  • Complex AAC

  • Voice

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Mental Health

  • Bilingualism

 

Facts about Speech Pathology:

Not all speech pathologists practice in all areas of speech pathology. We do our best to make sure you’re matched with the right speech pathologist by screening our intake surveys to match you with the right therapist in our clinic, or to support you to find an alternative clinic if we do not currently have a team member with the right training to help you achieve your goals.

Not all therapy sessions look the same! Our therapists individualise every therapy session to help clients get the most out of their therapy. Some clients may be able to do drill-based therapy at a table, others may require play-based therapy or functional situation therapies.