WORKING WITH ADULTS

We work with adults for a range of reasons. Below is some information on issues we can help with.

SWALLOWING

Hunter Speech Pathology specialises in swallowing difficulties and offers both clinical and instrumental swallowing assessments. 

Swallowing difficulties can be as simple as having trouble chewing tough foods to as complicated as food getting stuck in the throat or going down the wrong way into the lungs. 

Swallowing difficulties can lead to severe chest infections, poor nutrition and reduced quality of life as a result of being unable to participate in meal time events including birthday dinners, coffees out or even a drink at the pub. 

At Hunter Speech Pathology we have access to instrumental swallowing assessments that allows us to look at what is causing the swallowing difficulty in order to know how best to help, along with extensive knowledge in the rehabilitation of your swallowing difficulty. 

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LANGUAGE

A person’s ability to understand and use spoken words can be affected following a stroke or brain injury. Aphasia (Ay-fay-sha) is the medical term used to describe these changes in language function.

Some people will have difficulty understanding what is said, whilst others will understand everything but can’t seem to find the words to talk. Either way it can be extremely frustrating for the person with the language disorder and their loved ones.

At Hunter Speech Pathology we have experience in helping people regain their language post stroke, with the main aim in the community being to increase the person’s independence and autonomy once they return home from hospital.

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VOICE

Voice disorders can manifest themselves in many ways.

 

Some people will experience changes to the quality of their voice, including roughness or breathiness. Others’ vocal quality will fluctuate, with occasional bursts of a clear voice and then periods of losing their voice all together. Some will experience difficulties with their breathing and experience asthma-like symptoms.

 

Hunter Speech Pathology has extensive experience in the assessment and management of voice disorders, including comprehensive training in the gold standard of treatment, Voice Craft.

 

We can tailor our therapy to each individual, be that to help them return to work (for teachers and instructors) or return to a passion (like singing).

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