Speech Pathology

What is a Speech Pathologist?

What is a Speech Pathologist? Speech Pathologists are trained to work with people who have communication difficulties. They work with all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, symbols, signs and gestures.

Speech Pathologists also assess and treat people with swallowing difficulties, working in collaboration with other specialists including dieticians and paediatricians.

At Yarraville SDS, a multimodal intervention approach has been adopted whereby children are exposed to speech, sign, picture/object symbols and voice output devices to assist them to communicate. The staff is supported to implement these approaches across the day, enhancing the children’s understanding and providing them with opportunities to communicate with others.

Students with feeding and swallowing difficulties are assessed by the Speech Pathologist and recommendations are made to enhance their safety during mealtimes.