Adult Speech Therapy
Adult Speech Therapy
Adults with speech or language issues are often weighed down in their social and professional lives. They might also find it challenging to master interpersonal skills which would usually affect them emotionally. Adults with swallowing difficulties might also struggle to maintain quality of life due to their limited diet restriction.
Nurture Speech Pathology is a small private practice with a focus in providing adult speech therapy services. Our speech pathologists for adults are knowledgeable and have experience working with individuals with acquired brain injury, stroke, Dementia/Alzheimer's, Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder with aphasia (difficulties with understanding and putting words together to form sentences), dyspraxia (pronunciation of words), dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), dysarthria (slow and slurred speech), communication difficulties, vocal nodules and muscle tension dysphonia. We provide assessments, reviews and therapy for dysphagia (swallowing) and communication (speech, language and cognition). Additionally, we are able to train and guide you in safe swallowing and the appropriate options for your modified diets tailored to your specific requirements. Mealtime management plans such as Oral Eating and Drinking Care Plans (OEDS) can also be completed if needed.
Speech pathologists for adults can assist if you are experiencing any of the problems stated below.
Dysphagia (Swallowing disorders)
An individual with a swallowing disorder may experience difficulty chewing and swallowing some or all types of food and/or fluids due to muscle weakness. Symptoms include a lack of ability to chew food (chewing for an extended period of time), needing several swallows to clear food, a sensation of food being stuck in the throat, coughing or throat clearing when attempting to swallow and in rare instances recurrent chest infections.
Dysphonia (Voice disorders)
A voice disorder occurs when voice quality, pitch and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural backgrounds or geographical locations. An individual with a voice disorder might sound hoarse, croaky and/or strained. Their voice might cut out intermittently when talking and they might lose their voice every now and then. Voice problems can interfere with an individual's ability to communicate and can often result in a severe communication disorder which interferes with their social and professional lives.
Acquired Communication Disorders
We use many muscles to talk, which includes muscles in our face, lips, tongue, and throat, as well as muscles for breathing. It is harder to talk when these muscles are weaken. Dysarthria happens when you have weak muscles due to brain damage. This form of speech disorder could be an effect of head injury, neurosurgery, stroke, progressive neurological disease and other medical conditions. It is a motor speech disorder and can be mild or severe. Generally, this can result in an individual producing incorrect or imprecise sounds e.g. slurred or mumbled speech, speaking too slowly or too fast, not being able to move your tongue, lips and jaw very well
Dyspraxia is a disorder of movement and coordination in which messages sent from the brain to the muscles are interrupted. It is often identified in early childhood, but can also come on later in life after an illness or an injury. This could be an effect of head injury, neurosurgery, stroke, progressive neurological disease and other medical conditions. Generally, this can result in an individual producing incorrect sounds. Their speech might present to be fairly inconsistent (e.g saying "kea" for tea today and "dea" for tea the next day).
Aphasia affects the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write, causing language difficulties. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. Despite that, it may also arise from head trauma, such as brain tumours or from infections. Aphasia are usually evidence by lack of the ability to think of the correct words to express oneself or problems understanding what others are saying. Problems with reading or writing could also indicate that an individual is having language difficulties.
4. Cognitive difficulties
Cognitive difficulties can be demonstrated by having issues with attention, memory, organisation, problem solving/reasoning and executive functions.
Individuals who do not have English as their first language may seek to practice their accent and develop better English speaking skills to be better understood. We can assist to you to communicate effectively and be clearly understood by improving the pronunciation of English sounds, rate, rhythm, stress and intonation pattern.
Home visits and Nursing home visits
We understand that it could be challenging for some individuals to travel to a clinic for ongoing treatment and therapy. We specialise in providing speech therapy at home for adults. In addition, we also provide speech therapy for adults in aged care facilities or hospitals. By bringing our therapy and treatments to you, it provides you with a comfortable and calm environment to focus and develop a finer relationship with the speech therapist. Delivering rehabilitation speech therapy services at home, nursing homes, aged care or hospitals also give us a great opportunity to directly explain and model a treatment plan with your caregiver.
If you require speech therapy for the individual you are caring for, click on the "book now" button on the bottom right of your screen. Alternatively, you can call us at 0403 118 979 or email us to book your speech therapist today.