Speech Pathology Services at PDH

Suzanne Guerin - Speech Pathologist
Monday, 31 August 2015
Portland District Health Speech Pathologist Suzanne Guerin wants to nip speech problems in the bud before they become a habit.

Ms Guerin said most problems can be resolved, especially if they are addressed as early as possible.

"If you have any concerns it's best to check before it becomes a habit that’s harder to break," she said. "If it's not a speech related problem you’ll be relieved, but if it is we should be able to resolve it."

The 2015 Speech Pathology Week on August 23-29 follows the theme `Talk With Me’ and Ms Guerin is encouraging people to open up about any communication problem.

More than 1.1 million Australians have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life. The campaign encourages people to talk with a Speech Pathologist about why communication is a basic human right and about the silence that comes with a communication disorder.

Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by Speech Pathologists when working with people with communication and swallowing disorders.

About 80 per cent of people using the PDH speech pathology service are aged under six. Often their communication issue can lead to learning or behavioural problems.

"The children might be throwing tantrums because they don't understand something or have trouble communicating," Ms Guerin said. Addressing the communication problem can address these other issues, she said.

Ms Guerin said people often failed to realise the importance of good communication, especially in childhood development.

The PDH speech pathology service also helps people who have language or swallowing problems after a stroke and people who have illnesses such as motor neurone disease or Parkinson's disease.

Ms Guerin started with PDH in 2006 after studying speech pathology at Flinders University as a mature aged student.

Anyone needing support from the PDH speech pathologist can contact the intake worker on 55 210653.

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