Allied Health Service

Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Psychology.

What is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech Pathologists support people to communicate. They can also assist when a person has trouble swallowing which can make eating and drinking difficult.

At Community Links, our Speech Pathologists work with people of all ages and abilities. This includes supporting individuals with understanding language, speaking, reading, writing, social skills and stuttering.

Speech Pathologists also support other ways to communicate including gesture, sign language or using communication aids like assistive technology.

 

Where our Speech Pathologists work

Community Links offers services in a range of settings. The most appropriate environment is chosen based on individual needs. These settings include:

  • CLW offices- these are located in Tahmoor, Camden, Bowral and Bargo
  • primary and secondary schools in the Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Camden and Campbelltown areas
  • early childhood education and care settings
  • aged care facilities
  • individual’s homes including group homes

Our Speech Pathology team can also provide services via telehealth where appropriate.

 

Who can access our services?

All CLW Allied Health services are accessible to individuals of all ages, from birth to the elderly. No referral is required but individuals may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates.

CLW is a Registered NDIS Provider.

At CLW, we provide Speech Pathology services in the following areas:

  • preschoolers and children who are having trouble communicating, or have speech that is difficult to understand
  • people who have a developmental language disorder that affects their ability to talk and understand others
  • people who have difficulties with their speech, including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  • neurodiverse individuals
  • people who are finding it hard to learn to read and spell
  • people with hearing loss, and those who communicate with them
  • people who stutter
  • people at risk of choking or who have difficulty eating or drinking safely
  • people with physical, cognitive, and/or sensory disabilities
  • people who find it hard, or are unable, to communicate through speech and use alternative or augmentative communication (AAC) methods instead (for example, an electronic communication device, communication board)
  • children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties who have underlying communication needs that may be masked by behaviours.

 

 

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists use a whole person perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through participation in the occupations of life.

The term ‘occupation’ is used to describe all the everyday things we do in our life roles, but also the things we do to be who we are, the things we do to create a meaningful life and to engage with wider society and culture.

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities a person can do (and those they want to do), any current limitations, their goals/motivations and also to offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely.

Occupational therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including mental health, rehabilitation, pain management, driving assessments and paediatrics. Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan to provide a range of supports and services including:

  • Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
  • Home modifications
  • Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
  • Coordinating respite care
  • Transport assistance
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Supported employment evaluation and training services
  • Help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to help with play, school or independent skills
  • Educate and involve parents, carers and others to facilitate the development and learning of children
  • Help children with developmental delays learn everyday tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
  • Help children with behavioural issues maintain positive behaviours in all environments (e.g. instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity

 

Where our Occupational Therapists work

Community Links offers services in a range of settings. The most appropriate environment is chosen based on individual needs. These settings include:

  • CLW offices- these are located in Tahmoor, Camden, Bowral and Bargo
  • primary and secondary schools in the Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Camden and Campbelltown areas
  • early childhood education and care settings
  • aged care facilities
  • individual’s homes including group homes

Our Occupational Therapy team can also provide services via telehealth where appropriate.

 

NDIS Services

Community Links Wellbeing is a registered NDIS provider. We offer the following NDIS services:

  • Allied Health services including:
    – Speech Pathology
    – Occupational Therapy
    – Psychology
    – Physiotherapy
    – Exercise Physiology
  • Early intervention
  • Support coordination
  • Community access
  • Lawn Maintenance

Community Links Wellbeing is a Registered NDIS Provider.

If your child is not eligible for funded packages, Medicare, Private Healthcare and other rebates may be applicable.

For further information, please contact our Allied Health Intake Worker on
0408 453 218

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