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Speech Language Therapy - Community

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, community speech-language therapists provide assessment and intervention for patients with communication and or swallowing difficulties. Interventions are patient centred and are aimed at working towards patient and carer / whanau needs and goals.

Interventions include:

  • providing swallowing and communication assessment, and advice
  • rehabilitation programmes aimed at achieving their desired level of independence, social participation and wellbeing within their environment
  • supporting patients in finding ways to compensate for and adapt to their changing communication and swallowing status associated with their medical condition e.g. progressive neurological disorders

Community speech-language therapists will visit people in their homes, private hospital / rest home or in a community clinic.

Communication and swallowing problems can be caused by lots of health issues including:

  • stroke
  • brain injury
  • degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, and motor-neurone disease
  • respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and recurrent pneumonia
  • cancer of the head, neck, throat, and brain

Common Conditions

  • aphasia (also referred to as dysphasia)
  • apraxia
  • dysarthria
  • dysphagia


Speech Language Therapy - Community

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