Fact sheets

Speech Pathology Australia is has a range of fact sheets on a number of important topics. If you are unable to find information on a topic you are interested in, contact Speech Pathology Australia either by telephone on (03) 96424899 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There are also an Easy English version of each of the fact sheets on this page.

What is a Speech Pathologist?
What is a Speech Pathologist? (NOW available in Vietnamese!) - (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Communication impairment in Australia
Communication impairment in Australia (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Stuttering
Stuttering (read an Easy English of this fact sheet)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Helping your baby to talk
Helping your baby to talk (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

The Sound of Speech: 0 – 3 years
(The ages and stages of children’s speech development)
The Sound of Speech: 0 – 3 years (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

The Sound of Speech: preschool and school aged children
(The ages and stages of children’s speech development)
The Sound of Speech: preschool and school aged children (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Speech pathology and Indigenous children
Speech pathology and Indigenous children (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Speech pathology in mental health services
Speech pathology in mental health services (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke
Communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Speech pathologists working with older people
Speech pathologists working with older people (read an Easy English version of this fact sheet)

Autism Spectrum Disorder 
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? The term ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) describes a condition that affects the way a person makes sense of, and interacts with, other people and their environment.

Literacy 
Learning to read and write is a crucial part of a child’s development. Reading and writing (literacy) are essential skills for adults. Being literate means that people can understand and follow written instructions, find out information online or in books, write letters and emails, and send text messages. It also means that a child or adult is able to participate fully in their education and learning.

Swallowing 
Like breathing, swallowing is a reflex and essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at least 900 times a day: around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more often during meals. We swallow food, liquids, medicine and saliva. People who have trouble swallowing are at risk of poor nutrition and dehydration, while babies and children may not take in enough nutrients to support growth and brain development.

Voice 
The human voice provides the basic sound for speech and singing. It expresses much of the meaning of what we want to say. Our voice tells other people a lot about our emotions, personality and physical and emotional health.