Speech Pathology Week 2013 ‘Start the Conversation’ (26 – 31 August)
Right now more than 1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating. Forbes Community Health Centre speech pathologist Nicole Avery is encouraging people to “start a conversation about communication”, during Speech Pathology Week from 26 – 31 August, 2013.
“By starting the conversation about communication during Speech Pathology Week, we want to encourage people to think about what life is like for the large number of Australians living with a communication problem, as well as how life would change if they were to have a communication difficulty themselves,” Ms Avery said.
“Even though communication is often taken for granted, people who have difficulty getting their message across are disadvantaged in many parts of their lives.
“It’s estimated that one in five people will experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives. This can range from mild to very severe and can impact on the way they participate in family life, the community, education and the workplace.”
Speech pathologists are specialists in all forms of communication and work with people to maximise their ability to communicate in a way 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, language and communication.
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. Some speech pathologists also specialise in areas of ‘complex need’, such as autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability and may work in specialist intervention services for these people with disabilities.
Speech pathologists around Australia are starting the conversation about communication ahead of the International Communication Project 2014, which aims to raise awareness about the number and significant disadvantage of people living with communication difficulties around the world.
For more information about Speech Pathology Week and the International Communication Project 2014, visit www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.
About Speech Pathology Week 2013 ‘Start the Conversation’:
Speech Pathology Week 2013 (25-31 August) celebrates the speech pathology profession and the important role speech pathologists play in helping people acquire and maintain communication skills.
About Speech Pathology Australia
Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body representing more than 5,000 speech pathologists. The Association supports and regulates the ethical, clinical and professional standards of its members, as well as lobbying and advocating on behalf of all Australians living with communication and swallowing difficulties.