Member Spotlight | Liana Gunzburg

Member Spotlight | Liana Gunzburg

Meet Liana Gunzburg the owner of Dianella Speech Pathology Liana obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech & Hearing) at WAIT [now Curtin University].  She has completed further training in Sounds~Write, Talk 4 Writing courses, and regular attendance at...
Keeping Communication Going when People have Dementia

Keeping Communication Going when People have Dementia

On the long and distressing journey that is dementia, one of the key issues is keeping communication going. Over time, all communication skills learned over a lifetime are lost. People forget the names of things, lose their understanding of words and sentences, and...
Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia occurs when the brain is not able to adequately plan actions.  In adults, this can be acquired as a result of a stroke (CVA) or disease or brain lesion of some kind.  The severity can range from mild to severe, and so the symptoms will vary accordingly.

Aphasia

Aphasia

Imagine if you lost your ability to communicate with everyone around you. If a person loses their ability to communicate, they suffer a significant and distressing loss.  In fact, loss of speech and language is one of the most distressing life events that can happen....
School Aged Children Who Stutter

School Aged Children Who Stutter

Children who have been stuttering for longer than 3 years are less likely to grow out of stuttering. For these children it is important they have the techniques to manage their stuttering and minimise any anxiety it may cause.

An update on The Lidcombe Program

An update on The Lidcombe Program

Many independent reviews have shown that the Lidcombe Program has the best research evidence of all stuttering treatments for children younger than 6 years. But how does it work? What are the treatment agents? . A recent study* has questioned whether the verbal...
Member Spotlight | Fiona Curtis

Member Spotlight | Fiona Curtis

Meet Fiona Curtis the owner of Fiona Curtis Speech Pathology Services in Scarborough

Fiona obtained her B.A.Sc. Speech & Hearing from Curtin University and has always maintained her Certified Practising status with SPA. In recent years, her professional development has been very focused on stuttering. She has completed Lidcombe Program Training about 14 years ago and has also done training in how to work with school aged children who stutter. She has attended the Oxford Disfluency Conference twice, in 2014 and 2021. 

Stuttering In Young Children

Stuttering In Young Children

Stuttering typically begins in children before 6 years of age, most commonly in three year olds. Unlike many other speech and language disorders at that age, it begins after a period of normal speech and language development. This can make stuttering onset...
Executive Function, ASD and setting the scene for therapy

Executive Function, ASD and setting the scene for therapy

You may have heard of the saying, “when you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Executive functioning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders often go hand in hand, however not all children with ASD will struggle in the same EF areas to the same degree. If a child is seeing a psychologist, it may be worthwhile connecting with them to find out more information about which area the child needs the greater support.