Adults

Ipswich Speech Pathology Clinic can assist adults who may be experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

Speech Clarity/Articulation and Motor Speech

Adults may present with indistinct speech/articulation. Speech may sound slurred, or sounds may be distorted or omitted. These difficulties may range from mild to severe and can make speech difficult to understand.

Receptive and Expressive Language

Adults may experience difficulties with comprehension and expression. This may be the result of a stroke, brain injury, intellectual impairment or other medical condition.

Difficulties may include:

  • Understanding and following instructions
  • Understanding & responding to questions
  • Producing complete sentences using correct grammar and word order
  • Using correct vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • Describing and explaining events clearly, in detail and in the correct order
  • Understanding jokes and sayings and the meanings behind words
  • Using language skills in reading and writing tasks

Swallowing/Eating

Adults may present with difficulties safely swallowing foods and/or fluids. This may be the result of a stroke, brain injury, aging, head and neck surgery or progressive neurological condition.

Voice

Difficulties with voice may include:

  • Complete or intermittent loss of voice
  • Hoarseness, harshness, breathiness and/or nasal sounding
  • Monotonous pitch
  • Abnormally high or low pitch
  • Abnormally soft or loud voice

Stuttering

The symptoms of stuttering may be mild or severe and depend on the communicative context. They may include:

  • Repeating single sounds in words (I’ve p-p-p-parked the car.)
  • Repeating parts of words (I we-we-we-went shopping.) and/or whole words (My- my- my- my keys are missing.)
  • Repeating phrases (It’s a- it’s a-it’s a long way.)
  • Drawing out or prolonging sounds in words (I nnnnnnneed a drink.)
  • Being unable to produce a sound or word during conversation (i.e. getting stuck )

Literacy/Phonological Awareness

Adults may experience difficulties with reading, spelling and writing. This may include difficulties hearing syllables and sounds in words, and difficulties in applying these skills when spelling and reading.

Auditory Processing

Adults with suspected or diagnosed Auditory Processing Disorder find it difficult to process the information they hear as the auditory signal may be delayed or distorted in some way. This may affect a person’s comprehension, expression and literacy skills, and may impact at their workplace.

Social Skills

Adults experiencing difficulties in the area of social skills may struggle with conversation.  They may find it difficult to maintain a conversation, interpret body language and respond in a way expected by others.