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NDIS Speech Therapy 101: Understanding the Role of the Speech Therapist

Also known as a speech pathologist, the speech therapist is trained in the intricacies of communication. These university-trained health workers help people who have difficulty communicating to improve on their skills. The therapists offer National Disability Insurance Scheme managed people with support via NDIS speech therapy sessions.

What does a speech therapist do?

Speech therapists usually work with children, but will also work with adults. In general, an NDIS pediatric occupational therapist works with children having difficulties:

  • Using their voice properly
  • With fluency and speaking
  • Producing sounds
  • Language problems

Further, the therapist will also help patients increase the expressive and receptive language skills, so they understand the social context of language and communication. They also teach the child how to transfer their thoughts and ideas to others.

Individuals dealing with swallowing (dysphagia) hardships, after a stroke or injury, will also benefit from the services of a speech pathologist. Apart from treating communication conditions, therapists also perform assessments and diagnose language and speech problems periodically. Check Montrose for more details.

Now, what medical conditions are managed through NDIS speech therapy?

Before you can visit the speech therapist, you are not required to have a doctor’s referral. However, some patients may have an underlying medical illness, while others may only have minor difficulties or disorders with zero diagnosed conditions.

A few of the commonest medical conditions a speech therapist can help with include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Delayed speech development
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Hearing impairments or loss
  • Dementia
  • Stroke or brain injury

These therapists regularly work with other healthcare professionals like nurses and doctors. They even work with other allied health workers like psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists.

Why does the NDIS fund Speech therapists?

A speech therapist often works in a clinic, private practice, community health centre, school, or a hospital. The exertion of the NDIS in Australia has increased the upsurge in the establishment of new services that support the different allied health sectors, including speech therapy.

The NDIS funds individual or group speech therapists. In QLD, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is responsible for the regulation of NDIS service providers.

The service provider applies for certification in specific categories and is required to follow a strict set of guidelines and fulfil requirements before obtaining NDIS registration. This is to ensure that any individual or organization seeking registration has the prerequisite practical understanding, skills, and training to deliver quality services.

How can I use the NDIS?

The NDIS allows individuals with permanent medical conditions or disabilities to get services and additional support out of the jurisdiction of the mainstream healthcare and education zones. The amount of financial support and its allocation depends on the disability of the individual.

Where to find a speech therapist

Montrose Therapy & Respite Services runs NDIS speech therapy sessions in its centres at Brisbane South and North, Slacks Creek, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba. All centres have speech therapists who work with to diagnose the root cause of a problem before creating a program to treat identified communication disorders.

If you have a question about the NDIS, assistive technology, or even NDIS hydrotherapy, ask an expert at Montrose Therapy & Respite Services.