At Positive Speech, we work with adults and children who have difficulties communicating. Communication problems include speaking, spoken and written comprehension, reading, writing, voice issues, pronunciation and stuttering.
Additionally, we offer assessment of and treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional (OM) disorders to encourage proper growth of the face and mouth, which can be the result of improper development. A number of functional issues may arise from an OM disorder, including tongue thrust (an immature swallowing pattern), incorrect tongue rest positioning, tongue tie, mouth breathing, crooked teeth and poor posture. This can, in turn, have an effect on speech.
Without treatment, pain and sleep disorders may also eventuate.
Over time, the orofacial muscles are retrained to allow for correct function, thereby developing the facial structure and encouraging proper patterns of use. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) addresses the underlying causes, correcting the disorder for the long term.
You may be eligible for a Speech Pathology Medicare rebate. Ask us, or check with your GP regarding eligibility. Please note, we do not bulk bill.
Some of the typical reasons people come to see a Speech Pathologist include:
o To improve pronunciation and/or speech intelligibility, for both native and non-native speakers of English;
o To correct a lisp and other articulatory errors;
o To improve language skills;
o To develop early literacy skills;
o For speech/sound intervention;
o To communicate socially with others;
o To learn to modify vocal use and undergo voice therapy;
o For stuttering intervention;
o To correct an improper swallowing pattern; and,
o To learn correct chewing techniques.