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Speech therapy

I once heard a speech pathologist say that she chose her career because she “wanted to help children find their voice”. I mean, who can argue with that? As it turns out, voices can be coaxed in all sorts of different ways. There are speechies (that’s their “hip” name) who work on stuttering and fluency, and others who focus on speech and language development; some are experts in augmentative and alternative communication, and others even specialise in swallow safety and feeding.

1. Speech Sound Improvement: Picture struggling with certain sounds, making conversations a bit tricky. With a speechie by your side, it's like having a personal trainer guiding your tongue and lips for that perfect pronunciation.

2. Language Development: Whether it's a child piecing together their first sentences or an adult mastering the nuances of language, speech therapists are there. They’re like librarians helping you find the right words and string them into meaningful sentences.

3. Fine-Tuning Communication Skills: From the art of active listening to the grace of giving others a turn to speak, speechies coach you through the subtleties of everyday conversations.

4. Tackling Stuttering: For those moments when words get caught, these experts provide tools and strategies, making each word flow a bit easier.

5. Exploring Alternate Voices: When verbal words aren't an option, speech therapists introduce other modes, be it the silent gestures of sign language or the technological wonders of communication devices.

6. Overcoming Swallowing Hurdles: Beyond the voice, they ensure that every meal is enjoyed with ease and safety, guiding through the simple act of swallowing.

7. Crystal Clear Articulation: Imagine mispronunciations leading to misunderstood words. With a speechie's guidance, clarity becomes the norm, making interactions more meaningful.

8. AAC Systems: They're the wizards who bring the magic of alternative communication systems to life. From picture boards to high-tech devices, they ensure everyone's voice is heard.

9. Starting Early: For the young ones taking their first steps in the world of communication, speech therapists lay down the foundation, ensuring strong language development from the get-go.

10. Navigating Social Conversations: Interacting in social circles requires a unique set of skills. Recognising a friendly wink or knowing when it's your turn to chime in, speech therapists guide you through the dance of social interactions.

11. Embracing Technology: From apps that aid in speech to devices that talk on behalf of individuals, speechies are at the forefront, ensuring everyone stays connected in this digital age.

12. Maximising AAC Devices: It's one thing to have a device and another to use it effectively. With the right training, speech therapists ensure that these devices truly give a voice to those who use them.

13. Involving the Tribe: They understand the importance of a support system. Training family and caregivers, speech therapists ensure that the journey to better communication is a collective effort.

Helping people find their voice, in all its forms, is what speech therapy under the NDIS is all about. Whether it's refining the way we pronounce a word, enhancing our social interaction skills, or even ensuring we enjoy our meals safely, speechies are there, making a world of difference.

While I've put my heart into aligning these tips with your NDIS path, the road can have its twists. Remember, these are just suggestions. Dive in, explore, and find what truly works for you. Sending you all my best vibes!

You're the best judge of whether this service fits your child's goals or not.