Our team of Speech Pathologists can help people who experience a range of difficulties with their communication. ECM’s Speech Pathology team work with people of all ages from 1 to 99 across areas such as speech, listening, reading, writing, swallowing, social skills, alternate communication and voice difficulties.
We also work with people whose communication may be affected by emotional trauma, learning disabilities and physical impairments.
Areas of Speech Pathology
Voice issues can make it challenging for some people to communicate. If your voice is hoarse, husky, or too loud or soft, it may be difficult for you to be fully understood by others. Here are some ways we can help:
Stuttering is when someone repeats or gets stuck on certain words or sounds. Stuttering can be made worse by anxiety and emotions. Here are some ways we can help:
Speech sound difficulties can impact a person throughout all stages of their life. An example of a speech sound difficulty may be when a person says /w/ when producing a ‘r’ sound. This can impact how other people may be able to understand a person. Here are some ways we can help:
Would you believe that about 1 in 5 Australians have difficulty swallowing? This can include problems with sucking, drinking, chewing, eating and taking medicine.
Speech therapists can help people to improve chewing and swallow more safely, reducing the risk of choking. Here are some ways we can help:
Communication aids offer practical or technical assistance with communicating such as signing, gestures, picture charts and electronic devices. Here are some ways we can help:
Being able to express your ideas, feelings and needs is an important aspect of communication. Speech therapists help people improve their communication in daily life. Here are some ways we can help:
Speech refers to the ability to correctly produce sounds by movement of the tongue and mouth. Difficulties with speech may create difficulties in being understood. Speech difficulties can impact both children and adults.
The ability to read, write and spell. Language skills and comprehension may have an impact on literacy development.
Receptive: to understand written and oral language, comprehension, following instructions and understanding questions.
Expressive: to communicate information, using grammar, words, sentences and gestures. Expressive language is the ability to describe objects in an environment, events or situations.
Stuttering: The repetition of sounds or words, getting stuck on words or dragging out the sounds in words. Facial twitches or movements may also be a form of stuttering.
We offer Telehealth services via zoom or a phone call to clients who are unable or choose not to attend in person.
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