Speech Language Therapy for Adults

We provide assessment, treatment and maintenance programs for adults who:

  • Stutter
  • have speech, language and / or cognitive communication disorders as a result of traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia or other neurological conditions
  • have a voice disorder due to, for example, vocal abuse.

Dementia

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anyone, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. The early signs of dementia are very subtle, and may not be immediately obvious. Some common symptoms may include progressive and frequent memory loss, confusion, personality change, apathy, withdrawal and reduced ability to perform everyday tasks.  We offer assessment and functional management strategies to deal with communication and swallowing difficulties, and work closely with families and carers.

 

Aged Care Services

We can offer assessment and on-going management of speech, language and swallowing for clients in aged care and residential facilities. We also offer In service and Education, and support in all aspects of communication and swallowing for family, carers and staff groups caring for the elderly or learning / intellectually disabled.

 

Feeding / Eating drinking swallowing disorders

Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, occur when nerve control or structures involved in the process are not functioning properly. Many conditions can cause swallowing problems, among them:

  • Developmental disorders with poor muscle tone e.g. Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions including Dementia
  • Breathing related conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

Swallowing disorders can require medical attention for a variety of reasons. People who can’t swallow safely may not be able to eat a healthy diet or maintain a healthy weight. Chunks of food or liquids may get into the windpipe, which can cause choking or start a lung infection. Many cases of dysphagia can be improved with treatment. Treatments for dysphagia include therapy to learn new swallowing techniques and changing the consistency of food and liquids to make them safer to swallow.  Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are often picky eaters, and can benefit from strategies to increase food intake and variety.