Communication & Thinking Skills

Communication is a complex process, which involves many aspects of thinking and social skills.

Also called ‘cognitive communication’ it includes skills such as planning, organisation, information processing, memory, flexible thinking and social behaviour.

This can impact your ability to remember a conversation, recall important points from a doctor’s appointment, reading body language or turn-taking in a conversation.

Mobile Speech Pathologists

Helping the Community

Changes to communication and thinking skills can occur due to a variety of conditions such as brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Speech Pathologists work with people to improve their communication and thinking skills by building new skills or optimising current skills and implementing new strategies to communicate and think.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

AAC is any type of communication strategy for people who have significant difficulties speaking. Aided AAC is any external item used to aid communication (e.g. object symbols, communication boards, books, key-ring mini-cards, wallets, speech generating device, computer, mobile phone, tablet).

Unaided AAC refers to communication techniques that do not require the use of an external aid. That is, the person uses whatever is available to them, generally their own body. Examples of unaided AAC include using eye contact, facial expression, body language, gestures and manual sign.

Our Speech Pathology team are able to assist with assessing for AAC and supporting you to build your skills using AAC.