Speech and language therapy
Speech and language therapy is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Speech and language therapists treat individuals of all ages and abilities.
What is speech and language therapy?
Speech and language therapy is a healthcare profession which assesses, diagnoses and treats speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties in babies, children and adults.
The main goal of speech and language therapy is to maximise an individual's ability to communicate to their highest potential in their everyday life. Speech and language therapy also maximises an individual's ability to eat, drink and swallow as safely and independently as possible.
What is a speech and language therapist and what do they do?
Speech and language therapists are health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Speech and language therapists are registered with the HPC (health professions council) and are members of the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists.
Speech and language therapists treat both children and adults with a variety of conditions and problems which result in speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Common conditions and problems which speech and language therapist treat include:
- Neurological difficulties e.g. stroke, head injury etc.
- Learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
- Developmental delay
- Developmental disorders
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Head and neck cancer
- Mental health problems
- Language delay and impairment
- Hearing loss and impairment
Speech and language therapists treat a variety of difficulties as a result of the above conditions and problems, these include:
- Speech delays / disorders
- Communication difficulties
- Social communication difficulties
- Expressive language difficulties (verbal and written)
- Receptive language difficulties (understanding)
- Voice disorders
- Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
- Attention and listening problems
It is the role of the speech and language therapist to maximise an individual's communication to their highest potential. The speech and language therapi