It’s estimated that one in five people will experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives, and Orange Health Service Speech Pathologists willhighlight the importance of communication and demonstrate what it’s like for the thousands of Australians who live with communication impairment during Speech Pathology Week. (19-25 August 2012).
Speech Pathologist Teagan Carpini said just because someone doesn’t communicate in the same way as you doesn’t mean that their story isn’t worth telling.
“Communication is about sharing stories and information and we want to encourage people to tell their story – however they’re able. A communication impairment can range from mild to very severe and can impact on the way they participate in family life, the community, education and the world of work.
“Everybody’s experience of communication and what it means to them is very different. By encouraging people to ‘tell their story’, we want to highlight the diversity of ways to communicate and that everybody has a story that should be told regardless of their ability to speak.”Ms Carpini said.
During Speech Pathology Week Orange Health Service Adult and Paediatric Speech Pathologists will ask members of the Orange community to complete ‘Tell your story’ speech bubbles as part of the national ‘Great Australian Communication Story’, a project that aims to take a snapshot of communication in Australia in 2012.
“There are so many different ways to communicate – signing, drawing, using an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device, texting, speaking, video, photographs. ‘The Great Australian Communication Story’ will collect the experiences of people who use all these forms of communication to illustrate what it’s like to live and communicate in a different way.” Teagan Carpini said.
Speech pathologists are specialists in all forms of communication and work with people to maximise their ability to communicate that best meets their needs and abilities. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.
Speechpathologists work in a wide range of settings – schools, hospitals, nursing homes, universities, kindergartens, rehabilitation centres, community health centres, private practice and mental health services. If you would like to participate in ‘The Great Australian Communication Story’ or would like more infomormation about Speech Pathology Week, visit www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.
Media contact:To coordinate an interview or photo opportunity with Orange Health Service Speech Pathologists please contact Jane deBruyn (6369 3450) or Teagan Carpini (6369 7220).