SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Helping our clients to develop their innate capacity for communication, a basic human right, and in doing so supporting them to achieve their full potential as humans in the world.

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Helping our clients to develop their innate capacity for communication, a basic human right, and in doing so supporting them to achieve their full potential as humans in the world.

Speech Pathology for Children and Adolescents

We assess and treat children, aged 3 years and above, for speech-sound issues (articulation and phonology), language difficulties – both receptive (comprehension) and expressive (talking), literacy (reading, phonological awareness,  writing and spelling), stuttering, voice issues, orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders, and other communication delays, disorders and problems.

Speech Pathology For Adults

We assess and treat adults for language difficulties, stuttering, voice disorders, and other communication issues, phono prosodic system change (accent modification), orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders, and other communication delays, disorders, and problems.

Orofacial Myology. What is it?

Orofacial Myology is the science and clinical knowledge of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the orofacial muscle groups (muscles of the face and mouth), dentition and respiration that is the physiological basis of speaking, chewing and swallowing. It is a program designed to correct orofacial muscle dysfunction and abnormal swallowing patterns.

About Speech Pathology

At In Positive Heath here in Canberra, we work with adults and children, aged 3 years and above, who have difficulties communicating. Communication problems include oral and written expression and comprehension, literacy issues (reading and spelling), writing, voice issues, articulation of speech-sounds, and stuttering.

Additionally, we offer assessment of and treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional (OM) disorders to encourage proper growth of the face and mouth, which can be the result of improper development. A number of functional issues may arise from an OM disorder, including tongue thrust (an immature swallowing pattern), incorrect tongue rest positioning, tongue tie, mouth breathing, crooked teeth and poor posture. This can, in turn, have an effect on speech.

Without treatment, pain and sleep disorders may also eventuate.

Over time, the orofacial muscles are retrained to allow for correct function, thereby developing the facial structure and encouraging proper patterns of use. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) addresses the underlying causes, correcting the disorder for the long term.

 Medicare Rebate

You may be eligible for a Speech Pathology  Medicare rebate. Ask us, or check with your GP regarding eligibility. Please note, we do not bulk bill.

Some of the typical reasons people come to see a Speech Pathologist include:

  • To improve pronunciation and/or speech intelligibility, for both native and non-native speakers of English;
  • To correct a lisp and other articulatory errors;
  • To improve language skills;
  • To develop early literacy skills;
  • For speech-sound intervention;
  • To communicate socially with others;
  • To learn to modify vocal use and undergo voice therapy;
  • For stuttering intervention;
  • To correct an improper swallowing pattern; and,
  • To learn correct chewing techniques.

 

Orofacial Myology. What is it?

Orofacial Myology is the science and clinical knowledge of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the orofacial muscle groups (muscles of the face and mouth), dentition, and respiration that is the physiological basis of speaking, chewing and swallowing.

Orofacial myofunctional therapy follows a program designed to correct orofacial muscle dysfunction and abnormal swallowing patterns.

We assess and treat Adults for:

  • language difficulties;
  • stuttering;
  • voice disorders;
  • phono prosodic system change: speech intelligibility and pronunciation training,including accent change;
  • English language training;
  • orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders; and,
  • other communication delays, disorders, and problems.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a speech pathology or psychology appointment, please get in touch.

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