How can Novita speech pathologists help you and your child?
Novita speech pathologists understand that communicating with babies is not always easy, especially when it comes to feeding time. Feeding time should be a happy time when parent and baby bond together, getting to know each other through tender and loving communication.
When things don’t go as smoothly as they should, it can get pretty stressful for both parent and child. This is when Novita speech pathologists can help with a range of the latest methods and advice to suit your particular situation. This applies not just to babies but also older children and teenagers.
Working closely with you and your child, our speech pathologists can help turn a stressful situation into what it should be, a time when you feel good in communicating with your child and comfortable knowing that they are receiving the nourishment they need.
By individually assessing your child, Novita speech pathologists are able to:
- better understand what may be causing your child’s communication and feeding / eating challenges
- work out your child’s level of development in areas of speech, language and eating behaviour
- recommend personally tailored solutions to help your child
Novita speech pathologists appreciate that no one knows your child better than you do. That’s why we place great importance in working with you and others in your support team, to come up with skill development solutions that are best for your own child.
Some of these solutions will involve practical things you can do during the day, at play or at school to help your child develop their communication and / or eating skills.
Practical tips and advice can cover areas such as:
- interaction and early communication development
- non-verbal communication
- eating and drinking
When should your child see a Novita speech pathologist?
If you ever have any doubts or concerns about your child’s speech, communication or feeding/ eating development, please do not hesitate to contact a Novita speech pathologist. There is never such a thing as a silly question, and we are more than happy to talk to you about your child and what we might be able to do, to help you both.
How do you get in touch with a Novita speech pathologist?
If you would like information or free advice, speak to someone in our friendly team on 1300 668 482 or visit our Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch. Appointments available one-on-one at our hubs, in the home with a therapist, or via Telehealth.
Related external links
The Hanen Center, based in Ontario, Canada is the Center that developed the Hanen method of parent training to assist children who have language delay and disorder.
The website of the National Association of Speech Pathology in Australia provides information for speech pathologists or people interested in becoming speech pathologists. It also has fact sheets about a range of speech and language difficulties that would be of interest to consumers.
Working as a Speech Pathology at Novita
Our speech pathology team are passionate about clients and their potential. They support children, young people and adults with a range of diagnoses in the areas of:
- Speech (articulation, phonology, motor speech disorders)
- Language (early language development, preschool and school aged language, higher level language)
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- Social skills
- Saliva management
- Mealtime (both dysphagia and sensory feeding).
Our speech pathologists support clients to make mealtimes safe and enjoyable through:
- developing their chewing and swallowing skills
- looking at modification of mealtimes through different food textures and consistencies
- assessing whether it’s a sensory or physical aspect linked to disability
- educating clients and their families to provide the tools to provide meals that are not only nourishing but safe and enjoyable.
Why is Novita a great place to work for a speech pathologist?
There are several reasons why Novita is a great place to work for a speech pathologist, including:
- Clinical leadership – Our Clinical Lead team work together with all of our therapists to ensure ongoing professional learning through supervision, professional development and practice-based experience.
- Professional development – Novita’s therapists are committed to lifelong learning. We regularly engage with our clients, recent research and quality practices to ensure our intervention leads to the best possible outcomes for our clients. Training and development programs for speech pathologists are tailored to participants; have your say in what you want to learn about in quarterly in service sessions, external development courses and peer-supported professional development.
- Multi-disciplinary support – Novita speech pathologists work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team, so you’re not only learning more about your discipline but are also able to develop a more wholistic perspective, working with other practitioners such as OTs, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, social workers, psychologists and developmental educators.
- The Novita Values – The values of integrity, commitment, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. Our speech pathologists are client-centred, use evidence-based practice and strive to be innovative in delivering services that meet our clients’ needs.
- Location, location! – There’s the opportunity to work in one of our regional SA and Broken Hill or northern, southern, or central Adelaide sites. Speak to us about how working in a regional area can accelerate your career.
- Assistive Technology expertise – Our speech pathology team includes practitioners who specialise in assistive technology (AT) and, specifically, augmentative and alternative technology (AAC). We are proud of our strong reputation in AAC and have access to the latest technology to provide our clients with the best possible support.
- Research expertise – Novita is at the forefront of innovation and global best-practice in the support we offer to overcome the impact of disability. Our in-house research department, which includes staff members with lived experience of disability, supports our clinicians by searching for information that ensures they are applying evidence-based practice.
- Industry leader – Be part of an organisation that offers a wider sphere of influence. Our reputation as a leader in disability services and connection to industry partners provides opportunities for making change with policy and practice.
If you are an accredited speech pathologist and want to be part of a great team, in a supportive culture where you can make a difference to the lives of people living with disability, send us your CV and we’ll get in touch with you about with you about the latest opportunities.