Communication is essential to a person’s development and quality of life. Being able to share information and be understood is crucial to forming relationships and engaging in education and employment. Because of this, people with communication disabilities face many barriers to participating equally in society.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, approximately 1.2 million Australians have some level of communication disability. These disabilities are most often found in children and older people.
That’s why the theme for this year’s Speech Pathology Week (22 – 28 August) is: Communication is everyone’s right. Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to make Australians aware of this.
Every day, researchers at Griffith University are working on important projects seeking to enhance the communication abilities of people across all walks of life and from diverse backgrounds.
The following open access research, held in Griffith Research Online (GRO), is a snapshot of the research being undertaken at Griffith to help ensure everyone can communicate with confidence:
- Evidence based speech pathology practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
- An unconventional path to greater social-communication skills and independence for an adolescent on the autism spectrum
- Telehealth language assessments using consumer grade equipment in rural and urban settings: feasible, reliable and well tolerated
- What speech can tell us: a systematic review of dysarthria characteristics in Multiple Sclerosis
- Systematic review of behavioral interventions targeting social communication difficulties after traumatic brain injury
- “Are we…providing them with an equal service?”: speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of bilingual aphasia assessment of Samoan-English speakers
- Emergent literacy assessment in children with autism spectrum disorder who have limited verbal communication skills: a tutorial
Visit GRO to discover more open access speech pathology research.