Swallowing Awareness Day

Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals.

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Developmental Language Disorder

DLD is hidden but affects approximately 2 children in every classroom, impacting literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being.

Developmental Language Disorder

The development of all languages spoken by a person with Developmental Language Disorder will be affected.

Developmental Language Disorder

A person with Developmental Language Disorder has difficulties with language, not intelligence.

Developmental Language Disorder

Learning to read relies on language skills, which are the primary problem for people with Developmental Language Disorder.

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People may have difficulty with receptive language skills, such as learning concepts, following instructions, or understanding questions. Expressive language difficulties may result in limited vocabulary, short simple sentences, poor grammar or word-finding problems. Often these difficulties occur together, which have significant effects on a person’s ability to communicate.



Feeding and Swallowing



Speech Pathologists can assess the safety of a person’s swallowing. Intervention may include recommendation of strategies, modified diet and equipment to maximise safe eating and maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration.






Literacy skills are the written forms of language – reading, writing and spelling – and develop from a foundation of oral language skills. Literacy skills are made up of phonological (sound) awareness, print knowledge, reading (including comprehension), writing and spelling.








Babies need good hearing so they can imitate the sounds and words that are made by their carers. Middle ear problems in toddlers and preschoolers may cause some hearing loss and impact on the child’s development of speech and language skills.




Speech Sounds



Speech is the process of physically producing sounds with the tongue, lips, teeth, palate and jaw for communication. These sounds are stored in a system in our minds, and combined quickly and precisely to form words and sentences when speaking. A speech pathologist can assess a person’s speech sound system and provide therapy to improve communication skills.






A Speech Pathologist is trained to deal with people of all ages who stutter. Stuttering in children can be very effectively treated, particularly in the early preschool years, i.e. before the age of 6 years. Successful treatment programs are also available for adolescents and adults who wish to improve their speech fluency and their confidence in speaking.






A Speech Pathologist will assess and provide specialised voice therapy by teaching an improved voice production technique, recommending some modifications to a person’s environment and referring the patient for medical diagnosis when necessary.



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