RANGE OF PRACTICE

Speech pathologists are professionals with expertise in communication and swallowing across the life span. In Australia, communication and swallowing are borken into six range of practice areas. These include:

The shape's six sides represents the range of practice areas.

Language

Swallowing

Fluency

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Speech

Voice

Multimodal Communication

- Expressive Language
  use of language to convey meaning and messages

 

- Receptive Language

  comprehension of language

 

- Social Communication
  use of language within social situations

 

- Cognitive Communication
  communication impacted by executive functioning skills

 

- Multi-Modal Communication

  alternative and augmentative communication

- Literacy
  reading, writing

 

- Speech
  articulation, dysarthria, apraxia of speech

- Fluency
  stuttering

 

- Voice

  pitch, volume, quality, resonance, vocal hygiene

 

- Swallowing

  eating, drinking, medications

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Evidence-based practice has been defined as “integrating the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and the patient’s unique values and circumstances” (Straus, Glasziou, Richardson, & Haynes, 2011).

The shape's three faces represent evidence-based practice.

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Straus, S. E., Glasziou, P., Richardson, W. S., & Haynes, R. B. (2011). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it (4th ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.