Speech pathologists are university-trained specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and management of swallowing and communication difficulties.
In the same way that physical activities such as walking may be affected by living with a neurological condition, eating, drinking, and talking may also be affected and impact a person's quality of life.
If not managed properly, swallowing difficulties can result in life-threatening medical problems, such as pneumonia, choking, dehydration or poor nutrition.
Speech pathology services at MSWA include:
Individual assessment of swallowing and communication
Evidence-based strategies and interventions to help manage or improve swallowing and communication difficulties, including assistive technologies
Training, education and ongoing support for individuals, families, friends, and support workers
Individual and group therapy programs for speech, voice and language difficulties
Liaison with other allied health professionals and members of the MSWA health services team