Monthly Archives: April 2016

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is a client centered health profession that falls under the area of Human Communication Sciences. Speech therapy is the diagnosis, management and treatment of individuals who are unable to communicate effectively or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.

A broad range of clients can receive speech therapy services. Clients may include children who fail to develop normal communication or adolescents who acquire communication disabilities as a result of disease, injury or a stroke. Speech therapists also assist a variety of clients with feeding or swallowing problems.

What do Speech therapists do?

  • Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology and motor speech disorders.
  • Language delays and disorders,including expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts
  • Fluency disorders, including stuttering.
  • Voice and resonance disorders.
  • Swallowing and feeding disordersin adults and, children and infants.
  • Cognitive-communicative disordersincluding social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions.
  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing.
  • Communication and swallowing disorders related to other issues. For example, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments.

Occupational therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement

 

What do occupational therapists do?

  • Working with children
  • Rehabilitation and aged care
  • Acute care
  • Injury management
  • Mental health

 

Occupational therapy involves helping children and adolescents with their occupations – their activities. Children and adolescents sometimes need specific strategies so that they can learn to participate in activities with other people. Occupational therapy intervention addresses key ‘doing’ SKILLS which children and adolescents are having difficulty with such as:

  • Fine motor– puzzles, construction activities, colouring, drawing, cutting, handwriting legibility and speed, typing skills
  • Written expression– thinking up and organising ideas on paper with structure and coherence, essay writing
  • Gross motor– ball skills, skipping, jumping
  • Self care– dressing, eating, hygiene, toileting
  • Play– imaginative play, purposeful, structured and sequenced play
  • Social– friendship, dealing with feelings

 

Occupational therapy intervention also addresses different UNDERLYING ABILITIES which may be causing problems for these skills. Underlying abilities may be:

  • Mechanical difficulties– posture, seating, muscle tone and pencil grip
  • Sensory abilities– coordination, sensory processing, body awareness, balance, motor planning
  • Cognitive abilities– attention, memory, organisation and planning
  • Personal abilities– motivation, confidence, enjoyment and perseverance

Counselling Services

There are times in everyone’s lives when we experience difficulties we cannot sort out on our own. At these times people close to us can often provide the help we need. However, some concerns may feel too difficult, embarrassing or painful to share with friends or family. It is then advisable to seek help, in order to avoid things getting worse and a growing feeling of isolation and hopelessness.

Counselling is a process in which a person – the client – talks about an issue they feel troubled about, with the skilled attention of another person – an experienced psychologist. During the process – and outside of the counselling sessions – the client is likely to reflect on the issue they have brought to counselling, with a view to clarifying their situation and considering options for a course of action.

We will offer you an initial appointment as soon as we can. However, we are not an emergency service. If you feel in crisis and need to speak to someone urgently, please contact your nearest hospital.

We provide Counselling for:

  • Traumatic experices
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress
  • Feeling unsupported
  • Berevement and Loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger anmagement
  • Parenting
  • Concerns about work and reduntancy
  • Low self esteem