Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages with speech, language and communication difficulties. Working with other professionals in multidisciplinary teams, the therapist works closely with patients and their families to establish a treatment programme to help each patient communicate as effectively as possible.
Speech and language therapists work with a variety of people – from young children, perhaps with difficulties such as stammering, to older people recovering from strokes and other brain injuries.
They assess, diagnose and treat clients for a variety of disorders including:
- Childhood speech and language disorders
- Acquired speech and language disorders (such as from brain injury or disease)
- Voice disorders
- Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapists also work with clients who cannot communicate through normal means to develop alternative forms of communication, or use specialised computer devices. They work and liaise with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.