Frequently Asked Questions
What difficulties might someone with a brain injury have with their communication?
People with an acquired or traumatic brain injury may have difficulties with the following:
- initiating communication
- speaking clearly
- using a clear voice
- remembering information you tell them
- understanding information
- explaining things clearly
- thinking of the specific word they want to use
- participating appropriately in conversations
- reading and understanding information
- writing information
What difficulties might someone with a brain injury have with swallowing?
People with an acquired brain injury, or a progressive neurological disease may demonstrate the following:
- poor lip closure
- dribbling, drooling, difficulty managing their saliva
- food or drink spilling from the mouth
- coughing or choking on food or fluids
- food or fluids coming out of the nose
- aversion to eating or drinking in public
- loss of interest in eating or drinking
- not recognising utensils or food
- not remembering what to do with food or fluid in the mouth
How can a speech pathologist help?
Speech pathologists specialise in assessing areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, and swallowing to determine where
people are having difficulties. We work alongside the client, their family, and other healthcare professionals to provide
individualised therapy and support. It's our mission to maximise the strengths and potential of each and every person we see,
and to provide assistance that makes a difference in everyday life. Whether your goal is to get back to work, improve your
talking, or better manage your meals, a speech pathologist can play an integral role in your life.