Who Speech and Language Therapists help

a. Children and adults with communication difficulties including:

  • Understanding what others say
  • Remembering words and what they mean
  • Putting words together to make sentences
  • Pronouncing words correctly (as expected for their age)
  • Interacting socially with others
  • Selective mutism (only speaking in certain situations)
  • Stammering
  • Voice quality (for example, a constant hoarse voice)
  • Therapists also work with babies, children, and adults who have difficulties with feeding and/or swallowing.

b. Children or adults may need help with communication skills if they have diagnosed conditions including:

  • Acquired Brain injury (such as stroke)
  • Autism
  • Cleft Palate
  • General learning difficulties
  • Otitis Media, otherwise known as ‘glue ear’. This can cause intermittent hearing impairment
  • Progressive neurological disorders (such as Parkinsons disease)
  • Verbal dyspraxia (a motor coordination difficulty affecting pronunciation) 
  • Vocal cord nodules
  • It is often not possible to identify a particular cause for a speech and language difficulty.

c. Speech and language therapists may also liaise with the following relevant people:

  • Parents and families
  • Carers
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Colleagues

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