Speech-Language Therapists are professional who are responsible for providing clinical services for speech, language, communication, and swallowing problems.
Below are examples of speech, language, communication and swallowing problems:
- Speech problem
- Language problem
Improper sentence structure
Difficult to understand conversation
Difficult to follow simple / complex command
- Swallowing problem
Difficult to swallow food /drink
Cough during eating /drinking
Take longer time to finish meal
Feel food stuck in throat after eating/drinking
How can speech therapy help?
Speech language pathologists or speech therapists help to assess and provide intervention for speech, language, swallowing, stuttering and voice problems. Research has shown that children with speech and language delays benefit from early intervention, achieving favourable outcomes to become confident communicators. Speech therapy helps children to become fluent communicators, which in turn enhances skills needed to succeed in life, such as:
Active involvement in academic activities at school
Developing healthy friendships and social skills
Independence to engage in daily activities such as reading directions or writing a note.
Developing literacy skills to read, write, and speak to successfully function in society.
How long does speech therapy take? This depends on a number of considerations, including: the severity of the diagnosis, frequency of visits (once a week versus monthly), attention, the ability to remember and generalise what has been learnt. Parental involvement in carrying out home practice is also an important factor. Generally, children with developmental disabilities such as global developmental delay will need to undergo a longer period of intervention.
Adult Speech Therapy Speech and language treatment is provided for individuals who have had a stroke or related neurological condition. Broadly speaking, Aphasia or Dyphasia refers to a language impairment in understanding or expressing oneself. Individuals with dysphasia may display difficulties with:
Finding the correct word to use
Following one part instructions
Remembering and understanding spoken bits of information
Gets stuck on a word and keeps repeating it
Answering yes and no questions consistently
Following the initial assessment, the most appropriate form of intervention will be determined and it may include individual sessions, a home programme, or review sessions.
Please contact us should you need an appointment with our Speech-Language Therapist.