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Talk up Speech Pathology Week

A NATIONALLY recognised stuttering unit at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, is highlighting this year’s Speech Pathology Week theme of “communicating with confidence”.

Speech pathologists help people who have difficulties with communication and swallowing. They work with people who have trouble communicating as a result of developmental delays, a stroke, brain injury, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech, language and communication.
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital’s Acting Head of Department Speech Pathology, Anna Corry, said the stuttering unit was a fantastic example of a service supporting people with communication disabilities.
“We assess and treat people of all ages who stutter with some excellent strategies as well as conducting research in stuttering treatment,’’ Ms Corry said.
“The unit is involved in world-leading research, such as the development of the Lidcombe Program, which is used across the District and is now the nationally recommended treatment throughout the world for preschool children.”
Stuttering normally begins in early childhood and parents are encouraged to seek help as early intervention is the best method of treatment.
Ms Corry says effective and confident communication is vital so everyone can participate fully in the social, educational, economic and sporting aspects of community life.
For more info on the speech pathology services, call 9780 2788.

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