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It was interesting meeting with Greg and Kathy Holdaway yesterday (6/10/19) at Perth Adult Speech Pathology for an introduction to the ‘Alexander Technique for Speech Therapists’. They were in WA to present at the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XXII National Conference and kindly agreed to work-shop their ideas and engage in some lively discussion with me and a colleague, Thila Raja, particularly around our shared areas of interest of vocal tension disorders. Based in NSW, their company, ‘BodyMinded’, promotes ‘overall postural balance and coordination’’ and advocates that whether speaking or singing, using the voice always engages the [...]
Pictured: Trainer (Isuri) from PASP with Regent Gardens Manager of Clinical Services, Juvie Aranguin. Congratulations to staff at Regent's Garden Four Seasons, Booragoon, for being part of our swallowing difficulties training day yesterday! It was wonderful to have such an enthusiastic audience and great to see that the centre is embracing "The International Dysphagia Diet Standard Initiative" (IDDSI), which officially went live on May 1, 2019. On this date, all speech pathologists across the world are adopting the same naming system for modified consistency food and fluids. It was wonderful to have a mixture of [...]
Did you know this was a phrase used in elocution lessons which dates back to at least 1926? It was used to demonstrate rounded vowel sounds. Each “ow” sound in the phrase represents the diphthong /aU/. Lessons back then tended to be repetitive and focussed on drills to help able-speaking individuals to talk ‘with a plum in their mouth’ (i.e. with a posh accent). Often, these same drills were used for all students and teachers lacked knowledge in the medical causes of speech sound problems. […]
We've just received a new shipment of "The Breather" at Perth Adult Speech Pathology. The respiratory muscle trainer is a device used by speech pathologists worldwide to increase respiratory and laryngeal muscle strength. It can be helpful for people with poor breath support for speech, as well as for clients with swallowing problems when used under the guidance of a Speech Pathologist trained in this area. The original device was launched in 1980 and retired in 2017. The devices available at PASP are the latest model (2018) and are better than the original. These devices are available for our clients [...]
I’d like to say a big thank you to Zac Wood from ‘The Brainary’ for coming to Perth Adult Speech Pathology on Friday 31 August 2018, to demonstrate the latest addition to eye-gaze technology, the ‘EyegazeEdge’. It was an amazing experience. This system enables clients with limited speech and poor hand control to use their eyes to operate a key board to ‘speak’ or to write. Nothing is attached to the user’s head or body. A small camera mounted under the Eyegaze screen takes 60 pictures per second of the user’s eye, whilst image processing software analyses those pictures to [...]
I read a great article written by Libby-Jane Charleston in WA Today (on 28 August 2018) about the role of hypnosis in treating stuttering in children. Whilst it referred to managing childhood stuttering, (which indeed is very different to managing stuttering in adults), I took a great interest in this article. I am a Speech Pathologist who specialises in stuttering management in adults (also known as adult ‘dysfluency’), as well as other speech, language and swallowing difficulties. Dysfluency is an ongoing interest of mine. Whilst living and working in the UK, I received a grant to specialise in stuttering management [...]