Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the 1.2 million Australians who have a communication disability. In 2020, Speech Pathology Week is from 23-29 August and the theme is: 'Communicating with confidence.'
Embracing a new world of Practice
Artist Xeni Kusumitra, a valued member of the Aspect Practice Think Tank and an autistic consultant for Aspect research projects, captured this year’s therapy amongst the COVID-19 pandemic to perfection with her amazing drawing below.
Telehealth has been the primary delivery model for many Speech Pathologists since March and, to date, the team at Aspect has delivered close to 10,167 hours of crucial autism-specific services to families and individuals across Australia!
There can be misconceptions about our roles as Speech Pathologists, and the type of diverse needs that we can support. Speech Pathologists have a large scope of practice, and support people with a variety of communication and swallowing needs.
Speech Pathologists work across a variety of settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, community health settings, disability organisations, the justice system, mental health, school settings and private practice. They support young babies with feeding and swallowing difficulties, through to people in old age, who may need support with eating, drinking and swallowing, or communication. And then, of course, they support everything in between these two age groups!
Our Aspect Therapy Speech Pathologists support people in early childhood settings, school environments, within the home, and in community settings. They help people communicate using alternative or augmentative means, they support social communication skills, and support people on the autism spectrum to communicate with confidence.
A big thank you to all of our wonderful Aspect Therapy Speech Pathologists who are working hard to maintain these important essential services for our community.