What is a speech pathologist?
A speech pathologist is a trained health professional who specialises in treating individuals of all ages with communication difficulties (speech, language, reading, writing, fluency, stuttering, voice); or who have trouble eating, drinking and swallowing safely (dysphagia).
These communication and swallowing difficulties can have various causes, including congenital or development problems, disability, illness, hearing loss, emotional or physical trauma.
Speech pathologists collaborate closely with clients, their families and carers to provide a comprehensive assessment of their communication and swallowing requirements and identify the best course of action.
What we offer (including our registered NDIS categories):
LiveBig is registered for the following NDIS categories for speech pathology:
|Registration Group Name||Support Category No.||Support Category Name||Support Item No.||Support Item Description|
|Therapeutic Supports||15||Improved Daily Living Skills||15_622_0128_1_3||Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Speech Pathologist|
Individual clients’ speech pathology needs can be vastly different. We carefully evaluate each clients’ needs and select the correct therapy (low tech vs. high tech) and delivery method to help them develop functional language skills and continuously improve communication.
We collaborate with clients and their support teams to establish clear goals within an NDIS therapy plan. We regularly review progress and assess outcomes, setting new objectives along the way, ensuring that the client is always advancing to the next level.
We encourage carers to take an active part in clients’ development. To assist with this, we provide training workshops on various speech pathology topics.
We treat all plan options the same – whether clients are self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA managed. To provide the best possible service, we offer flexible arrangements. We involve clients and carers in the decision-making process at every step of the way, ensuring they get the most from their NDIS plan.
Download the speech pathology factsheet
Why would you need speech pathology services as part of your NDIS plan?
You would need speech pathology services as part of your NDIS plan if you have a diagnosed communication or swallowing difficulty associated with your disability or illness.
Examples of this may include:
- If you have a child on the autism spectrum who is difficult to understand or has difficulties understanding others
- If you or your family member has suffered a brain injury in an accident and would like to learn to talk again
- If you or your family member has had a stroke or has developed multiple sclerosis and needs to learn to swallow safely again without the risk of choking
- If you or your family member has cerebral palsy or an intellectual disability and needs to learn alternative methods of communication
We help you to meet your NDIS goals by working closely with you and your carers to improve the quality of your life. We achieve this by setting realistic goals and focussing on incremental achievements, continuously working to progress you to the next level.
How do we provide your services?
- We travel to your home, community venue or provide services through our RMReach telehealth platform
- Charge for travel time up to 30 minutes is as per the NDIS Price Guide
- If we are unable to meet face-to-face, we also provide telehealth services through our RMReach telehealth platform
- RMReach telehealth platform can also be used to maintain development in between visits for regular clients
Do you need a speech pathology assessment?
If you have a plan review or are in the process of getting your first plan done, you may need an assessment to support your case in meeting your goals.