Speech Pathology for Townsville & North Queensland
Our Services include
- Assessment and rehabilitation of disorders affecting communication and swallowing including language difficulties (aphasia), motor speech disorders (apraxia and dysarthria) and voice disorders (dysphonia). These disorders may result following stroke or other medical conditions. We offer therapy and rehabilitation services to maximise a person’s ability to communicate functionally within the hospital and home settings.
- Assessment and provision of alternative and augmentative communication systems for patients who are unable to communicate their wants and needs verbally. Using technology to support communication and therapy.
- Education of family and carers about communication and swallowing disorders as communication is an integral of part of family life.
- Contribution to discharge planning as part of the Alliance Rehabilitation team.
- Exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination
- Compensatory strategies to make your speech clearer
Language and communication
- Word finding, fluency, writing, reading, listening and social components of communication
- Complex language skills such as verbal reasoning, drawing conclusions and interpreting information
- Supporting you to develop skills to make communicating with others easier
- Volume and breath control exercises
- LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) for Parkinson’s Disease
- Helping you to find a safe and acceptable way to manage your swallowing difficulties
- Exercises and treatments, if appropriate, to improve your swallow.
Technology and Training
- Advice on communication aids, which may support your communication.
- Use of computer-based therapy resources to enhance your one on one treatment or to support your therapy at home
- Training family members, friends, carers, and teachers on how to support your communication and communicate effectively with you.
Safe Swallowing Strategies
What is dysphagia? What is aspiration?
Dysphagia is a medical team that means ‘difficulty or discomfort in swallowing.’ This difficulty can be for many reasons and is often managed by modifying fluids, and swallowing rehabilitation exercises. Aspiration is a medical term that means ‘breathing in a foreign object’. Aspiration of food and fluids means that small amounts of drinks and food are going into the airway instead of down into the stomach, which can cause chest infections (pneumonia).
It is important that if you have any sudden spikes in temperature – particularly soon after eating or drinking – seek medical advice immediately.
Case Study: LSVT Loud Therapy
One of our participants has been completing Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT Loud). This is an intensive program designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease to improve loudness, vocal quality and intonation. This gentleman has been working hard for the past 4 weeks. Listen to his before and after recordings. What do you think of his new voice?
Our Speech Therapists