A Speech Pathologist has been trained to assess and treat people who have a communication disability, including those with autism. Speech Pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink.
Speech Pathologists complete a degree at university that encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, language, reading, writing, signs, symbols and gestures. Although there is no compulsory registration for Speech Pathologists, all of the Speech Pathologists employed at Irabina are members of our national body – Speech Pathology Australia. Our staff members are voluntarily part of a national certification process and must complete ongoing training to maintain their status as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.
Speech Pathology at Irabina
The experienced and dedicated Speech Pathologists at Irabina work with children and their families to enhance communication, social, and eating skills. They make it possible for each child to reach his/her potential in interactions with family members and the community. For a child, this may include working on: speech sounds and clarity; comprehension; expressive language; non-verbal communication and gesture; social skills; play; pre-literacy skills; school and kindergarten activities; and attending to and engaging successfully with others. Many young children with autism will work with a Speech Pathologist to improve skills in the following areas:
Comprehension (Receptive Language)
Speech Sounds (Articulation)
Non-Verbal Communication and Gesture
Engaging with others
After an initial evaluation with your child, the Speech Pathologist – together with you as parents/caregivers – will work towards gaining skills and independence.
How do Speech Pathologists Work?
Speech Pathologists at Irabina work in a variety of ways. These include: providing individual therapy; working in small groups; working within a classroom setting; becoming involved in home-based programs; providing resources and information; and giving advice and direction to parents, carers and other professionals.
Speech Pathologists can coordinate the management of clients. They work as part of a multi disciplinary team, consult with other agencies, provide workshops, and support family members and other caregivers. A Speech Pathologist is an important member of the Early Intervention team and School Therapy team.
An additional role of Speech Pathologists is to advocate strongly for the appropriate care and services for people with communication disabilities.
If you have any queries regarding Speech Pathology services at Irabina, please contact the Head of Clinical Services, or one of our caring, professional Speech Pathologists.