What is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech pathologists are University trained professionals who have the specialised skills for the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. They support people to reach their optimum function by applying evidenced based treatment based on the results of their assessment and the identification of the clients challenges. 


Speech pathologists complete a degree at university which encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures. Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink. Speech pathologists or speech-language pathologists were formerly known as speech therapists. They are different from speech and drama teachers.

Dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech impairment, autism, down syndrome, phonological processing disorder, speech delay, auditory processing disorder, hearing impairment, reading impairment, spelling impairment, FREE speech therapy, FREE speech pathology, Optimal CommunicationsSpeech Pathologists hold membership with Speech Pathology Australia which assures the public of their credentials as a trained professional given that there is no professional registration in Australia since the removal of the Queensland registration Board in  2013.

All Speech Pathologist employed at “Once Upon A Time Therapy“, or in the Optimal Communications Group are fully qualified and hold membership with Speech Pathology Australia. We are a 20 year established private practice providing support to the Gold Coast region for over 20 years.

Our principal Speech Pathologist, Katrine Elliott, has 20 years experience with clinical practice in both adult and paediatric speech therapy. Call to make an appointment on (07) 55 282222 at our Southport Speech Pathology centre or email us at info@optcom.com.au.

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