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Swallowing Awareness Day

On the 17th of March Speech Pathology Australia hostedSwallowing Awareness Day. Many Australians have difficulty swallowing and it can occur at any stage of life. Swallowing disorders or, dysphagia, can greatly affect the quality of life for sufferers. Difficulty swallowing can lead to greater risk of choking, malnutrition, and dehydration. In infants and children this…

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Welcome Jade to the OT team…

Jade (far right) Mario Karting in Tokyo, Japan – her favourite country in the world! My name is Jade, and I am so excited to have come on board the DWSP team as an occupational therapist. From the get-go it is clear that DWSP prides itself on team culture and continued professional learning and development,…

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We are hiring – come join us!

Our Team is Growing… Over the last year we have seen an increase in demand for Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services in the schools we work in, and in our clinics.  We’re on the search for some new team members! We run practices across (Thornbury, Eltham, Footscray and Coburg) as well as in schools…

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COVID 19 Update: 18 October 2020

COVID 19 update:  As of Sunday 18 October – the Victorian Government has announced a return of face to face supports for Allied Health Practitioners.   The government had previously indicated that Allied Health re-opening will be subject to density quotas within buildings, and possibly to movement restrictions between sites. The Victorian Government has made a strong recommendation today…

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COVID-19 DWSP Update: Issued 29 September 2020

We have some new guidelines this week!  Here’s the run down: In good news for Melbourne, COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop, childcare is back and primary schools are set to return to campus in Week 2, Term 4.   It’s a very welcome change for us all, especially for parents with young children who have…

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Sarah will be joining DWSP in October!

Hello, I’m Sarah Young, Speech Pathologist.  It is a privilege to join the large community of colleagues at Dee Wardrop Speech Pathology. Melbourne has been my home since I returned from travels and time working in the UK.  Prior to that, I grew up in Adelaide with a family I cherish dearly. In this photo,…

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Online Group Program: Learning with Lego (Social Skills)

As Melburnians work our weary way through winter in Lockdown v3.0, many families are telling us their kids are missing the social aspect of their learning and their personal connection with friends and peers. So… we’ve been working on developing some programs that can support this social connection, provide a bit of a difference in…

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Online therapy – how is it going? A Q&A session…

As Melbourne enters lockdown #3 – Speech Pathologists Anna and Nataly are joined by some parents of DWSP clients in this Q&A session.  They share their perspectives and give us the low-down on how online therapy is going for them. Q. What has surprised you about doing your therapy sessions online? Anna:  How much I have…

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Lockdown continues as we’re joined by our newest OT, Naomi

Hi, I’m Naomi, and I’m excited the join the DWSP team as an OT.  I’m originally from Perth, WA, growing up in the Margaret River region and I relocated to Melbourne at the start of 2019 to live the big city life. I’ve been working as an occupational therapist for over 8 years, specialising in paediatrics and…

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Masks. Masks. Masks.

  As a culture – we’ve always viewed masks as mysterious. From the Phantom of the Opera to Zorro, masks have been used to create distance in characters and to inspire fear or awe.   Perhaps this is why so many of us are struggling with the idea of wearing a mask for most of our…

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