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Speech is the most commonly used method of communication and understanding another person involves and comprehending what is being said by the person. This is where a speech therapist comes in, they are experts when it comes to dealing with issues associated with speech and swallowing. They are able to help with a wide variety of conditions such as delayed speech, Phonation and articulation issues, speech disorders, Language delays and disorders which may include the comprehension of verbal and non verbal context of communication. Other conditions such as stuttering, swallowing and feeding disorder across the whole age spectrum is something a speech therapist is able to help with.
According to the information on Allied Health Professions Australia, speech therapist can work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.
In Australia, speech therapy is provided both by Public and Private sectors and some of the costs associated with treatment is covered by medicare.