Speech Pathology Week 2019
In 2019, Speech Pathology Week is 25-31 August.
Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.2 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life.
Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote this fact.
The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2019 is: Communicating with confidence!
The Speech Pathology Week Kit for 2019 is now available for members to order ($15). One kit per member. All kits will be delivered to members by mail no latert than the first week of August. The overall number of kits is strictly limited. NB. All State Branches receive a separate set of materials.
Tips for successful communication*
- Always treat the person with the communication disability with dignity and respect
- Be welcoming and friendly
- Understand there are many ways to communicate
- Ask the person with the disability what will help with communication
- Avoid loud locations, find a quiet place
- Listen carefully
- When you don’t understand, let them know you are having difficulty understanding
- If you think the person has not understood, repeat what you have said or say it a different way
- Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
- Ask the person to repeat or try another approach if you don’t understand
- To make sure you are understood, check with the person that you have understood them correctly
- If you ask a question, wait for the person to reply
- Allow the person time to respond, so always be patient
- Speak directly to the person and make eye contact. (Though be mindful that there are some people who may not want you to look at them, e.g. some people with autism spectrum disorder)
- Speak normally. There is no need for you to raise your voice or slow your speech.
*Source: Adapted from SCOPE, Communication for All Booklet, http://www.scopeaust.org.au
Speech Pathology Week in past years
For information about Speech Pathology Week in past years contact the Association.