Speech and language therapy
Speech language therapists work with patients (aged 16 or greater) who have difficult speaking and swallowing.
They work with patients' families and other healthcare professionals to assess, diagnose and treat:
- cognitive aspects of communication: attention, memory, problem solving
- speech disorders (dysarthria and dyspraxia): articulation, fluency, motor
- voice disorders (dysphonia): quality, volume, pitch, resonance
- language disorders(dysphasia): comprehension and oral and written expression
- swallowing disorders (dysphagia): saliva management, chewing and swallowing
They provide inpatient and outpatient appointments as well as community visits.
The referral process
Referrals for speech and language therapy are made by:
- hospital specialists
- private healthcare specialists
- rest home staff
Page last updated: 06/04/2016