Speech Pathology Week will be held from 23-29 August, providing the platform to reinforce to Australians that communication is a basic human right.
Yooralla’s speech pathologists work tirelessly to support people with disability with their communication skills, especially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Yooralla’s Allied Services and Wellbeing team have been utilising Telehealth to provide therapy services to Yooralla customers who could no longer be seen face-to-face, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Customers who were usually seen in their home, childcare, kinder or school environment have been using Zoom to attend sessions, with our Speech Pathologists adapting their strategies to find new and innovative ways to engage with customers.
Despite the pandemic and the change in environment, many customers have been making significant progress with their communication skills – enabling them to Communicate with Confidence! - the theme for this year’s Speech Pathology week.
Speech pathologists work to ensure everyone can communicate with confidence. This week aims to inform the broader community that:
- 1.2 million Australians live with communication disability
- communication disability is largely invisible
- more confident communication helps maximise educational, health and social outcomes, and
- communication is more than just speech.
For more information about Speech Pathology Week and how you can get involved, please visit Speech Pathology Australia.