Speech Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy in Rotorua and Taupō

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Our team

The team members are based at Rotorua Hospital (in the Rehabilitation Unit) with a visiting service provided to Taupo.

Service provided to all age groups, on medical referral.

Naomi Bondi - Speech & Language Therapist Acting Team Leader

Sarah Huckstep - Speech & Language Therapist

Abigail Akkersma - Speech & Language Therapist

Email for referrals: Speech.therapy@lakesdhb.govt.nz

What we do

Inpatient and outpatient speech-language therapy service is provided to increase communication, speech and/or language skills.

The speech language therapists see patients with difficulties relating to communication, language, swallowing and/or memory-cognitive linguistic difficulties following a stroke as inpatients, outpatients and also in the community and in rest homes.

They also work with adult clients with dysphonia, laryngectomee, apraxia, stuttering, reading and writing difficulties following a stroke.

The team members help train patients in the use of electronic communication devices/aids.

The therapists also see children up to three years of age with speech and/or language delays, children within the autistic spectrum, children with feeding difficulties including those with cleft palate, tongue ties, cerebral palsy and children with voice disorders.