Q About Us.

At Speak Volumes Speech Pathology we are passionate about improving the lives of children and adults with communication and feeding difficulties. We are located in Banora Point, NSW. We also provide mobile services to homes, schools, preschools and aged care facilities across the Northern NSW and Gold Coast, QLD regions.

Our provision of comprehensive services across Northern NSW and the Gold Coast means that access to services for those in rural areas is improved and clients are able to choose a comfortable therapy environment where generalisation of new skills can be appropriately promoted. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide comprehensive and quality services to those living in rural areas who may otherwise have difficulty accessing speech pathology services for themselves or their loved ones. With this in mind, we also provide telehealth services for clients who have difficulty accessing services in person.

Q Some examples of the areas that we target include:

Speech disorders – these occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with the sound of his or her voice or resonance.
Language disorders – these may be spoken or written and include receptive language (difficulty understanding others), or expressive language (sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings). Language disorders may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
Literacy – this includes reading and written expression. Assessment and/or intervention may target phonological awareness (understanding and manipulating parts of words), auditory processing (how the brain processes auditory input), auditory discrimination (the ability to differentiate between spoken sounds), or use of language.
Social communication disorders – these present as difficulties with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication, and may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. Social communication difficulties are found in all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and also with other conditions such as traumatic brain injury.
Cognitive-communication disorders – these include organising thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders are often the result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they may also be present from birth.
Feeding and swallowing disorders – In children these may be related to prematurity, craniofacial anomalies, reflux, transitioning to solids (including tube ‘weaning’), transitioning to cup drinking, tongue tie, ‘fussy eating’, sensory processing difficulties and developmental disabilities. There are many more reasons why a child may be having feeding difficulties, and it is important that they take part in a thorough multidisciplinary assessment to determine the cause of the feeding issue.
In adults, dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.
Effective communication – speech pathologists may also work with people who do not have a speech, language or swallowing disorder, however they would like to learn how to communicate more effectively. This may include accent modification or other areas of enhanced communication.

Q Adult Services

Speech is the verbal side to communicating, which consists of:

Articulation – How speech sounds are produced (e.g., children must learn how to produce the “s” sound in order to say “snake” instead of “thnake”).
Voice – How we use our vocal folds and breathing to produce speech sounds (e.g., teachers who use their voices incorrectly may develop a hoarseness or lose their voice completely).
Fluency – The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering).
When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder.

Some examples of speech disorders include:

Apraxia of speech (motor speech disorder where the muscles require ‘ retraining’ to produce sounds correctly and create words)
Dysarthria (motor speech disorder where the muscles of the mouth, face and respiratory system may be weak, move slowly or not at all. Common causes include stroke, head injury, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy).

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