Communication is how we share ourselves with others and interact with the world around us. Communication affects how we learn, how we build relationships, and how we express ourselves. Communication difficulties can arise at any stage across the lifespan. Our ability to communicate begins at birth and continues to develop as we mature and grow.
As with communication, safe swallowing is a skill that develops and can change throughout our lifespan. Dysphagia is the inability to swallow in a safe, effective, and timely manner. The impacts of a swallowing disorder are detrimental not only to our physical health, but often our emotional wellbeing.
At Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services, we work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Our aim is to empower our clients with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and manage their communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
Where a person demonstrates speech sound errors such as substituting one sound for another sound or deleting certain sounds from words. Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a “w” sound for an “r” sound (e.g., “wabbit” for “rabbit”) or may leave sounds out of words, such as “nana” for “banana.” The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
Bloom is an approved provider of services under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package. Our therapists are experienced in providing support to children with ASD and their families in developing appropriate speech, language and general communication skills with a focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), early play skills and social skills. We are committed to working closely with other professionals and adopt a variety of therapy techniques including Key Concept Signing, PECS, PROMPT, DIR Floortime, Hanen strategies and the SOS Approach for Fussy Feeders.
(including Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy etc)
Bloom is an approved provider of services under the Better Start Initiative (BSI) package. Our therapists use a variety of assessment and therapy techniques to best tailor support to the individual. In addition to providing supports to children with a disability or developmental syndrome, Bloom also employs therapists experienced in adult complex communication needs. With a specific interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), our therapists are committed to giving all individuals a voice, regardless of their age.
Where a person experiences difficulties comprehending what is being communicated. Difficulties in this area may include: Understanding instructions, concepts, questions and the meaning of words.
Where a person experiences difficulty in constructing words and sentences to communicate. Difficulties in this area may include: Using correct vocabulary when expressing oneself, providing clear descriptions and details of events, naming people, places, things etc., and using grammatically correct sentence structures.
Where a person experiences disruptions in the fluency of their speech. Examples include:
Repetition of sounds, words or phrases,
Prolonging or drawing out a sound,
Blocking of sounds, or sounds ‘getting stuck’
Difficulties with reading, writing, and phonological awareness (a person’s awareness of the structure, or sound structure of spoken words).
Where an individual experiences difficulty interacting with others or understanding the ‘social rules’ of language.
Where a person experiences difficulty with preparing and safely swallowing food and/or drink. A swallowing disorder may be related to an individual’s sensory differences (where different textures and temperatures inhibit a safe swallow), or related to an acquired brain injury, stroke, neurological condition or ageing.
Each therapist is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is committed to providing the latest and greatest therapeutic support to the individuals and families we work with. We provide a variety of therapy approaches and programs at Bloom so as to ensure our services are individualised, motivating and effective!
In addition to traditional therapy approaches, we have therapists available who are trained in providing The DIR Floortime Approach, Hanen Programs and strategies, The SOS Approach to Feeding, PECS, PROMPT, Key Concept Signing and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems.