'Helping people with communication and swallowing
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board provides Speech-Language
assessment and treatment for:
Children (up to 2 years) with:
- Hearing impairment
- Developmental delay
- Syndromes eg Downs Syndrome
- Cleft palate and other disorders
- Acquired neurological disorders (TBI, Cerebral Palsy)
- Feeding Difficulties
- Acquired neurological disorders (TBI, CVA)
- Progressive neurological disorders (Parkinsons, MND, MS)
- Otolaryngology (head and neck, voice, laryngectomy)
- Changes in speech, swallowing, language, feeding, voice or
- Speech - reduced intelligibility (developmental disorders,
- Swallowing - difficulty tolerating food/drink. Signs
include recurrent chest infection, coughing, choking, weight
- Language - difficulty expressing and understanding written and
- Feeding - delayed progress through normal developmental
milestones for feeding.
- Voice - change in vocal quality that persist more than two
weeks. Refer to ENT specialist prior to Speech-Language.
- Fluency - repetition of sounds, words, or phrases.
February 22, 2016