Speech Therapy

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The world and its possibilities are open to us when we can communicate effectively with others. Living with a disability can make ‘normal’ communication more difficult, but that doesn’t mean we can’t participate in a full and rich life. Rocky Bay Speech Pathologists are here to partner with you and find the communication method that works for you – whatever that looks like.

Speech, sign language, body language, manual or electronic communication devices – Rocky Bay Speech Pathologists take a holistic approach to communication and include your friends, family, carers and support network in this approach, to surround you with people all using the same language.

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Speech pathologists at Rocky Bay assist people of all ages and all abilities including:

  • A young child learning the mechanics of making certain sounds
  • A primary school aged child struggling to make friends
  • A young adult learning to be more independent by text messaging and reading menus
  • An adult learning to form words again after a stroke.

But it’s more than just speech and communication, our staff are also experts in swallowing and Dysphagia and can assist with the devices, foods and drinks you can use to eat easily and safely. Let us show you the utensils, thickeners and pre-packaged foods you’ll love – then, partner with a Rocky Bay dietician to really set you on a path to success. When we work together, anything is possible.

Literacy

If you are experiencing difficulty reading or writing letters, words and sentences, a Rocky Bay literacy program could be ideal for you.

Our therapists can work with you in:

  • Direct therapy with a speech pathologist to work on a specific goal
  • Training parents and carers to support more effective communication
  • Training parents and carers to assist you to learn new skills
  • Provision of useful language strategies
  • Provision of communication supports, such as picture books (PODD books).

We also work with you to write longer works like stories, reports and essays.

Language

Our Speech Pathologists provide comprehensive assessment and therapy in either expressive (speaking) or receptive (listening) language.

Language therapy may involve:

  • Direct therapy with a speech pathologist to work on a specific goal
  • Training parents and carers to support more effective communication
  • Training parents and carers to assist the person in learning new skills
  • Provision of information about language strategies

Provision of communication supports, such as pictures to aid comprehension or making choices.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

For individuals who have complex communication needs, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) options are available to enhance communication. If you experience little to no speech, reduced intelligibility and have difficulty understanding what other people say, then our Speech Pathologists can assist you. They will identify your needs and provide you with a plan to support your goals. AAC is a total communication approach which might mean using unaided systems such as Key Word Sign or aided systems, such as voice output devices, to optimise your communication.

PODD Books

One form of AAC to enhance communication is a Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) book. A Speech Pathologist will determine your suitability for a PODD book and will work with you to choose:

  • Which vocabulary you would like in the book
  • How many and what type of symbols to display
  • The best way you can access the book.

They will then work with you and your key communication partners to ensure you get the most out of it.

Specialised Speech Clinics

Rocky Bay’s Specialised Speech Clinics provide 1:1 assistance to children living with disability who want to improve their speech and literacy skills. Communication is such an important part of an independent life, and no matter what your ability, we can help you make progress. For more information, click here.

Information Kit for AAC Teams

Rocky Bay has developed a resource for teams working with children and adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Our Positive AACtion information kit contains over 100 pages of tips, activities and strategies for improving communication skills. For more information and to purchase this educational kit, visit our resources page.

FAQ

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What is Speech Pathology?

Speech Pathology is therapy related to all things communication. Speech pathologists can help with speech, voice and language issues, for people of all ages and diagnoses. Rocky Bay therapists are experts in eating, drinking and swallowing and can provide advice on the food and equipment you may need to eat and drinking safely.

Who is it for?

Speech pathologists at Rocky Bay assist people of all ages and all abilities. Our customers come to Rocky Bay, for a variety of reasons, including:

  • A young child learning the mechanics of making certain sounds
  • A primary school aged child struggling to make friends
  • A young adult learning to be more independent by text messaging and reading menus
  • An adult learning to form words again after a stroke.
Where is the service located?

Rocky Bay has therapists at hubs right across the Perth metro area.

What funding is available?

You can access services if you have an NDIS plan, Disability Services Commission funding, Medicare or if you want to fund your own services. We can also support you through the planning process if you do not have a plan already.

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