Dubbo speech pathologists take up communication challenge

Marathon Health staff in Dubbo are showing that there is more than one way to communicate during this Speech Pathology Week 2018.

STAYING CONNECTED: Marathon Health speech pathologists in Dubbo Hannah Jeffery, Kylie Irvin and Gabby Byrne display other methods of communicating other than the spoken word. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

STAYING CONNECTED: Marathon Health speech pathologists in Dubbo Hannah Jeffery, Kylie Irvin and Gabby Byrne display other methods of communicating other than the spoken word. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

They are using a variety of communication tools other than the spoken word, including word and picture boards and books, signing and gesturing, and writing.

Materials have been sent to businesses, schools and community organisations so they can be part of the challenge. 

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Participants are being encouraged to send their photos and videos to sian.draffin@marathonhealth.com.au to be uploaded to the Marathon Health Facebook page as a means of promoting awareness and understanding of communication disorders.

About 1.2 million Australians have difficulty communicating, but Marathon Health reports that speech generating devices, voice amplification and computer access aids are increasingly being used to keep them engaged with their family and friends.

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The not-for-profit primary healthcare provider is one of the largest employers of speech pathologists in country NSW.

The theme for Speech Pathology Week 2018 is ‘Communication access is communication for all’.

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