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
There are also an Easy English version of each of the fact sheets on this page.
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)
Communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke
Communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke (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.
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.
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.
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.
- About SPA
- Join SPA
- SPA News and Events
- Information for Members
- Clinical Guidelines & Position Statements
- Evidence Based Practice
- Get Involved
- Graduate Information
- Jobs Board
- Member Awards
- Member Benefit Programs
- Member Communities
- Member Logo
- Mentoring Program
- Professional Indemnity
- Professional Self Regulation (PSR)
- Research Grants
- Information for the Community
- Lobbying and Advocacy