Speech-language pathology or more commonly known as speech therapy is a branch of rehabilitation sciences which study the disorders that affect the communication and/or swallowing. It ranges across children and geriatrics population. Disorders that would affect communication include speech disorders (e.g. difficulty in producing sounds correctly or fluently, difficulty in using the voice or having hyper/hyponasal resonance issue), language disorders (e.g. difficulty in understanding and/or the sharing of thoughts and ideas), social communication disorders (e.g. difficulties in social purposes such as greetings, request, comment, difficulties in adapting to different social situation). Swallowing disorders are feeding and swallowing difficulties which restrict the enjoyment of mealtime.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or speech-language therapists (SLTs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat the communication disorders. Additionally, SLTs also:
- Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.
- Work with people who don't have speech, language, or swallowing disorders, but want to learn how to communicate more effectively (e.g., work on accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our qualified therapist will assess and treat communication and/or swallowing disorders. A management programme will be planned based on the results and additional information from other professionals. It will take into account an individual’s goals and needs. The aim of the programme is to enable people to regain as much of their skills as possible and develop strategies to compensate for deficient skills. Reassessment and re-evaluation will be carried out to measure the effectiveness of the treatment from time to time.
SLTs work in a multidisciplinary team, alongside other professionals such as doctors, nurses, registered counsellor, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to optimize the outcome of intervention for the client.
SLTs work with:
- Children with:
- Physical disabilities with language delay (eg: Cerebral palsy, syndromes)
- Specific language impairment
- Difficulties in producing sounds precisely (Articulation / Phonological disorder)
- Hearing impairment
- Cleft palate
- Autism / Social interaction difficulties
- Learning difficulties i.e Dyslexia
- Voice disorders
- Feeding and swallowing problems
- Adults with swallowing and/or communication problems following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Degenerative disease (eg: Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS)
- Syndromes (eg: Cerebellar)
- Cancer of the head, neck and throat (including laryngectomy)
- Voice problems
- Learning difficulties, physical disabilities
- Hearing impairment
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