Questions Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • Why choose Newcastle Speech Pathology?

    Newcastle Speech Pathology offers a personalised, professional service. We are family focused, working with clients to set meaningful, achievable goals which fit with family life. Alison is committed to providing the latest evidence based practice. With 20 years of clinical experience, and as a mother of three, Alison understands the needs of her clients. She loves […]

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  • What age groups do you work with?

    The short answer is ‘all ages’. Communication is a skill we develop from birth throughout our lifespan. Challenges to our communication can occur at any stage in our development. This could be due to congenital disorders, developmental delays, the emergence of learning difficulties, accidents or injury which can occur at any point in our life. […]

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  • What does a Speech Pathologist do?

    A Speech Pathologist works with adults and children to improve their communication skills. Speech Pathologists help identify and treat people who are at risk of swallowing, speech, language and communication difficulties. Communication difficulties can take many forms and Speech Pathology services may be required if an individual is: Slow to start speaking Taking longer than […]

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  • How do I choose a Speech Pathologist?

    Choosing a Speech Pathologist is a very personal decision. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started: Does the Speech Pathologist understand me and where I am on my communication or learning journey? Is this person someone who listens to my concerns and helps me to set clear goals? Do I […]

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  • What is the difference between speech and language?

    Speech refers to the sounds that come out of our mouth. How the sounds take shape and form words is a complex process that involves the coordination of breath, voice, lips, tongue, cheeks, jaw and soft palate. Speech Pathologists assess the strength and coordination of muscles, the motor planning and execution of the individual sounds […]

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  • What does a Speech Pathologist have to do with swallowing?

    You may not have realised, but the muscles we use for speech are the same muscle groups we use when we swallow. Swallowing safely requires the coordination of 30 pairs of muscles. If your muscles become weakened or are no longer  well coordinated, then you may have a swallowing disorder, also known as dysphagia. Dysphagia may be the […]

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  • What is communication rehabilitation?

    Communication challenges may arise at any time in our life. They may be due to developmental delays or the result of a stroke, injury or degenerative disorder. Communication rehabilitation is the process of providing therapy to build an individual’s communication skills. This may include developing speech and language or it could involve alternative forms of […]

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  • Do you treat voice disorders?

    We’d probably all like to sing like our favourite music stars and captivate audiences with our voice. Not all vocal dreams can come true, however a Speech Pathologist can help you find a clear voice which is appropriate for your age and sex. Developing healthy vocal habits will care for your voice and enhance your verbal communication. Newcastle Speech […]

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  • How much does it cost to see a Speech Pathologist?

    Newcastle Speech Pathology is committed to keeping services accessible. This means we work to keep our costs low. We are registered panel providers under the Better Start initiative, Helping Children with Autism package and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). A Medicare rebate is available to clients who are under an appropriate Care Plan which […]

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  • What can I expect when I make an appointment?

    Making an appointment with Newcastle Speech Pathology is a simple process. Firstly you will want to discuss your concerns and needs with someone on our Speech Pathology team. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need before making the appointment. To book an appointment, we will ask you for some specific details including […]

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