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Rehabilitation Speech Therapy

Speech Rehabilitation

Who needs speech rehabilitation?

Speech rehabilitation may be needed for speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury

Is speech rehabilitation necessary?

Individuals with speech or language difficulties are often weighed down in their social and professional lives. They might also find it challenging to master interpersonal skills in order to successfully communicate and build relationships with others. Often this can prove to be extremely emotional taxing on these individuals. Rehabilitation speech therapy can help improve the individual's ability to perform certain tasks which was previously very challenging.

 

Who are we?

Nurture Speech Pathology is a small private practice in Adelaide focusing on providing rehabilitation speech therapy for adults. 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. 

 

Our speech pathologists are experienced in the following disorders, if you are struggling with any of the following, we are more than happy to help you through this journey.

Dysphagia (Swallowing disorders)

Someone with a swallowing disorder may experience difficulty chewing and swallowing some or all types of food and/or fluids due to muscle weakness. Symptoms of Dysphagia includes a lack of ability to chew food i.e. chewing for an extended period of time, needing to have 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 considered not appropriate 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 

1. Dysarthria

This form of speech disorder 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 or imprecise sounds.

2. Dyspraxia

This form of speech disorder 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).

3. Aphasia

Language difficulties (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.

 

Accent modification

Individuals who do not have English as their first language may seek to practice and improve their English (Australian) accent and develop better 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

Mobile speech therapy service

We understand that it could be challenging for some individuals to travel to a clinic for ongoing treatment and therapy. We specialise in providing a mobile speech therapy service and provide our services at home, aged care facilities or hospitals. By bringing our services to you, it enables us to conduct our sessions in a comfortable and familiar environment to give you the best experience. In addition, by 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. This would ensure that you would still be receiving the best care possible during your regular day to day interactions.

We are based in the Adelaide metropolitan area but are flexible with the location for our home and nursing home visits. Generally, for any travel within a 10 km radius of Adelaide city could be waived of all travel costs regardless of whether our client is covered by NDIS. Travel costs for journeys outside the 10 km radius will be charged accordingly to the NDIS guidelines. For non-NDIS clients, we will strive to provide you with a reasonable rate to cover our travel costs and time. Please call us at 0403 118 979 for more information.

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. 

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