Speech & Language Therapists provide evidence-based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of individuals who experience speech, language and communication or swallowing difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapists work in partnership with the child, their family and other health, education and social care workers to reduce the impact of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties on the child’s wellbeing and ability to participate in daily life. It is the Speech & Language Therapist’s role to help the child to communicate to the best of his or her ability.
Speech, language and communication skills are complex and depend on many factors including physical, learning and attention skills, and it may not be possible for the child to use language to communicate. In addition to helping the child develop skills around communication, Speech and Language Therapists work with the team around the child to create communication friendly environments through visual support, and adapted adult strategies.
Higher level language difficulties and the social use of language are very complex, context-dependent activities, so tight objectives are difficult to set and in those cases broad targets will be set.
Services are offered across the city in clinics, schools, nurseries and homes, according to the child's age and needs.