Many other professionals are part of the teams that support people with communication difficulties. These include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, teachers, psychologists, local doctors, and medical specialists.
Other health professionals may also sometimes provide services for people with communication difficulties, for example audiologists and music therapists. You can read about them on the Allied Health Professionals Association website. Information about access to allied health services can be found here.
In some services, allied health assistants work under the supervision of allied health professionals to provide support and treatment. Allied health assistants can also be called rehabilitation assistants, therapy assistants, or therapy aides.
Other support staff may provide personal care, technical equipment advice, social supports, and dietary advice, etc.
A team approach involves the person with communication difficulties, their family and carers, their speech pathologist, other professionals, and support staff all working together.
Everyone involved in providing services needs to understand the person's communication needs and supports.