Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by Speech Pathologists (SPs), which are often referred to as Speech Therapists. At Body Agility, we can provide Speech Pathology for people of all ages with communication problems and speech disorders. 

We provide assessments and treatments using techniques designed to improve communication, including articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and other methods, tailored to Patient speech disorders or language issues. Speech therapy can be provided to assist in early childhood language development, or for speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.

 

Our Speech Therapists can help you / a person you care about with:

  • Articulation 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.”

  • Dysarthria – which is characterised by slurred or slow speech due to an inability or weakness related to the control of muscles used for speech, which is commonly caused by nervous system disorders and conditions that cause facial paralysis or throat and tongue weakness, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Stroke.

  • Fluency Disorders – which affects the flow, speed, and rhythm of speech and can be experienced as stuttering and cluttering, where a person may have trouble getting a sound out and may have speech that is blocked or interrupted or may repeat part of all of a word. Cluttering is experienced as speaking very fast and with words merged together.

  • Aphasia – this disorder affects a person’s ability to speak and understand others and their ability to read and write. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, along with brain disorders.

  • Receptive 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. People with Autism, hearing loss, or head injuries may experience this disorder.

  • 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.

  • Cognitive-communication disorders – can be experienced due to an injury to the part of the brain that controls the ability to think and can also result in memory issues, problem solving issues, and difficulty speaking or listening. This disorder can be caused by abnormal brain development, certain neurological conditions, a brain injuries or Stroke.

  • Expressive disorders – is experienced as a difficulty conveying or expressing information, where someone may have trouble forming accurate sentences, ie: using incorrect verb tense. This disorder is often associated with developmental impairments, such as Down Syndrome and hearing loss; and can also result from head trauma or a medical condition.

 

NDIS Participants & Support Coordinators

  • We provide home visits right across the broader Perth region.

  • We are also registered for Early Childhood Early Interventions (ie: children under 7 years old).

  • We have no wait times at all due to our unique operating model.

  • 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.