Wendy Richardson

I offer a practical, functional approach to intervention.

This is based on a deep understanding of people and the problems that can occur with communicating, or mouth and throat structures.

I believe it is essential to explain 'why' as well as 'what' to do.

My goal is to work as a team member with the client, their family, and others working with them, bringing my knowledge and experience to share with those who know the client best. 


Voice, Speech and Language Therapy

What To Expect

An individual program is worked out to assist each person to develop or regain their voice, speech or language skills. 

Initially, the person's problem and their background are discussed, and then an action plan is created.

This will be revised and amended over time.

It is important to understand each client's situation generally, as communication does not happen in a vacuum, and better progress is obtained when it fits into their lifestyle.

For this reason, a consistent, 'significant other' person is encouraged to attend all sessions; to observe and discuss therapy, enabling them to follow through and support the client throughout their day.

Therapy is tailored to the age and interests of each individual, whether they are toddlers, teens or adults. It should not be boring, tedious, or difficult. It is the speech pathologist's job to make sure that steps are small enough and attainable, in order to get the best result.

There is no set number of times for a person to be seen. Rather, their progress is monitored and discussed, and changes made accordingly. Typically, people are seen weekly though.

If indicated, there can be an increase in support, or a reduction in the number of visits, longer intervals between them, or even a break to consolidate.

Intervention often ceases once the client is well under way with new skills, and others around them have more insights and skills to support their continued improvement.