This week marks the beginning of Speech Pathology Week. With more than 1.2 million Australians living with a communication disability, speech pathologists play an important role in supporting people who have a communication disability.
This year's theme is communicating with confidence – an appropriate theme for this year’s Speech Pathology Week, given the challenges we are all facing with communication being different in COVID times.
Many people have a very narrow idea of what a speech pathologist does. At MCM’s Early Childhood Intervention Services, we have a wonderful team of speech pathologists. Our Speech Pathologists work with families to help children confidently say what they want to say, when they want to say it and how they want to say it. Here are some of the things our Early Childhood Intervention Speech Pathologists do:
Eamon is one of MCM's Early Childhood Intervention Speech Pathologists.
Eamon's role with MCM involves working with families of children who have a developmental delay or disability. He speaks below about why he loves his job and what Speech Pathology Week means to the community.
Every day is very different, as every client and interaction is unique. A normal day might involve a variety of sessions with clients and families, this could be therapy sessions at their home, kinder/school, at a local park, or as COVID-19 has shown us, via telehealth! We also support families to be self-advocates, so they can get the necessary support their child needs to participate inclusively at kinder, school and in the wider community.
The theme for speech pathology week this year is communicating with confidence. I think that gets to the heart of the work we do. Communication is at the very core of the human experience. It’s how we connect with each other, develop relationships and engage with the world. In Australia today, communication disability remains largely invisible, unseen and out-of-sight. Every child has the right to say what they want to say, when they want to say it, and how they want to say it. I love that I get to work with children and families, to support them to develop the confidence to go out into the world and make their voice heard. The world needs to listen to their voices.