Speech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nursery staff, occupational therapists and doctors.
The Speech and Language Therapist is trained to assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in children of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability.
The Speech and Language Therapist is able to see children with:
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
- Language delay
- Specific language impairment
- Specific difficulties in producing sounds – speech delay/disorder and Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
- Hearing impairment
- Cleft palate
- Autism/social interaction difficulties
- Voice disorders
- Selective mutism