On Tuesday at 10:30am, Alana Adams will be hosting a speech pathology session at the Cootamundra Library.

The session is an informative talk about speech pathology which can help parents who have children who struggle with communication or even those battling with it themselves.

Speech pathology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills and stuttering.

Speech pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.

People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

The session at the library aims to inform the community about speech pathology and the benefits of treatment of communication issues.

Morning tea will be provided at the event. People who might see a speech pathologist include:

Babies born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

Pre-schoolers who are having trouble communicating, or have speech that is difficult to understand.

People who have a developmental language disorder that affects their ability to talk and understand others.

People who have difficulties with their speech, including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Neurodiverse people, such as those who are autistic.

People who are finding it hard to learn to read and spell.

People with hearing loss and those who communicate with them.

People who stutter.

People who use their voice professionally, such as teachers, singers or call centre workers.

People with an acquired brain injury, for example due to a car accident or stroke.

People at risk of choking or who have difficulty eating or drinking safely.

People with physical, cognitive, and/or sensory disabilities.

People who find it hard, or are unable, to communicate through speech and use alternative or augmentative communication (AAC) methods instead (for example, an electronic communication device, communication board).

People with neurological conditions that increase over time, such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s or dementia.

People who need surgery to remove cancer of the tongue or voice box/larynx.

People with communication or swallowing difficulties related to a mental illness (or related to the medication taken to treat a mental illness).

Children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties who have underlying communication needs that may be masked by concerning behaviours.

Jack Murray