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Speech Therapy / Speech Pathology

A Speech Pathologist, sometimes also known as a Speech Therapist, is someone who performs assessments and treats speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties. They can work with individuals across the lifespan, from little kids to older adults. At Body Agility, we can provide Speech Pathology services for people of all ages with communication problems, speech disorders, developmental delays and eating / mealtime management issues stemming from different causes. 


Our Speech Therapy Team

  • Our Speech Therapy team is made up of highly qualified and experienced therapists who genuinely care about people.  

  • We have extensive experience in disability management, assistive technologies, complex communication disorders and mealtime management supports. We provide assessments and treatments using techniques designed to improve communication, including articulation therapy, high tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system, targeted language intervention activities, and other tailored approaches suited to a patient's individual communication barriers or eating / mealtime challenges.

  • We utilise our extensive clinical experience to assess and treat patients recovering from a stroke, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Chromosomal Abnormalities, Neurological Degenerative Conditions, Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) and many other conditions.

Our Speech Therapy Team can assist with:

  • Aphasia - this is a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to process language, leading to difficulties in speaking, writing, understanding what others are saying, and comprehending written text.speak and understand others and their ability to read and write. Also referred to as Apraxia of Speech (AOS). Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, along with brain disorders most commonly involving the left hemisphere of the brain.

  • Apraxia of Speech (AOS) – this is a neurological condition that affects a person's ability to plan and execute the movements necessary for speech production. It's characterized by difficulty in coordinating the muscles and movements needed to produce speech sounds, leading to problems with articulation and speech clarity.

  • Articulation / phonological disorders – which is the inability to properly form certain word sounds. A child with this speech disorder may swap, distort, drop, or add word sounds. Eg: saying “thith” instead of “this.”

  • Cognitive-communication disorders – refers to difficulties with thinking skills that affect one’s communication. It involves challenges in how a person processes, understands, remembers and communicates information. It can result in memory issues, attention issues, problem solving issues and difficulty speaking or listening. This disorder can be caused by abnormal brain development, certain neurological conditions (such as dementia), an acquired brain injury (ABI) or stroke.

  • Dysphagia - which is characterised by difficulty swallowing and may include gagging, coughing or choking while drinking or eating. This can be due to muscular or neurological / nervous system problems. Dysphagia can result in many health-related complications, which is why it is important to receive prompt assessment and management by qualified Speech Therapist to ensure the individual’s safety and well-being. Dysphagia can be caused by neurological conditions or brain injury or can be developmental.  

  • Dysarthria – is a result from weakness or difficulty controlling the muscles used for speech. It can affect the muscles of the lips, tongue, vocal cords, and diaphragm, causing problems with articulation, voice quality, and the ability to speak clearly. This condition can arise from various neurological conditions, such as stroke, brain injury, or degenerative diseases (like Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), impacting an individual's ability to produce speech sounds accurately or fluently.

  • Expressive Communication Disorders – encompass a range of difficulties in conveying thoughts, ideas, emotions, or needs effectively through various forms of communication. These disorders might affect verbal and non-verbal communication, including spoken language, gestures, facial expressions, and body language. Individuals with expressive communication disorders may struggle with articulating thoughts, expressing emotions, or engaging in social interactions due to challenges in conveying messages clearly or comprehensively. These difficulties can arise from various conditions, impacting an individual's ability to communicate fluently or appropriately in social, academic, or daily life settings.

  • Fluency Disorders – refers to a disruption or irregularity in the natural flow of speech, impacting the rhythm, rate, and smoothness of verbal communication. This can manifest as stuttering or cluttering. Stuttering is where individuals may repeat sounds, syllables, words, or phrases, prolong sounds, or experience involuntary pauses when speaking while cluttering is experienced as speaking very fast and with words merged together. Fluency disorders can affect the fluidity and ease of speech, causing individuals to struggle with the production of sounds or words, which can lead to communication challenges and social difficulties.

  • Mealtime Issues / Mealtime Problems - if you have a child / teenager that refuses to eat, is excessively restrictive in what they will eat, or displays challenging behaviours at mealtimes - we can help with Mealtime Management services. We can provide mealtime management plans, routines and training for families, carers and support workers to assist with eating and mealtime issues. 

  • Receptive Communication Disorders – where a person may have trouble understanding and processing what others say, which can cause someone to appear uninterested when someone is speaking, or have trouble following directions, or have a limited vocabulary. This difficulty in receiving and understanding information can affect various aspects of communication, including the ability to understand conversations, grasp instructions, or comprehend written text.

  • Resonance disorders – can occur when a blockage or obstruction of regular airflow in the nasal or oral cavities alters the vibrations responsible for voice quality. This disorder can also occur if the velopharyngeal valve doesn’t close properly. People with cleft palate, neurological disorders, and swollen tonsils can experience resonance disorders.

NDIS Participants & Support Coordinators

  • We provide mobile services (home / school / ACF / daycare facility, hospital, etc) right across the broader Perth region, or you can come to one of our locations.

  • We are also registered for Early Childhood Early Interventions (ie: children under 9 years old).

  • If you are a Support Coordinator, Specialist Support Coordinator, Psychosocial Recovery Coach, Plan Manager or Local Area Coordinator, we would be delighted to work with you. Please complete and submit our NDIS Participant Referral form (use the button below), contact us on (08) 6373 5063 to discuss how we can support your Participants to achieve their NDIS goals.

  • If you are a Self-Managed NDIS Participant, please feel free to book your NDIS appointment online or contact us to learn more.

  • If you are a Plan-Managed or NDIA managed NDIS Participant, please contact us so that we can create a Service Agreement in partnership with you to support the achievement of your NDIS goals.

Private Patients / MVA / Medicare / WorkCover / DVA Patients

We allow a minimum of 30 minutes per initial consultation (for private patients) and we only treat one person per appointment time to ensure your privacy and our complete focus on you and your needs. 

Book your appointment now at one of our locations, or contact us regarding a mobile service home visit appointment or via video consultation (telehealth) via your computer.

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