Why Speech and Language Therapy

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What to expect

Why Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapists are fully qualified health professionals and are registered members of the Health Professions Council. They are also recognised members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Communication involves expressing messages and also understanding / receiving messages communicated by others. Communication can involve verbal (spoken), non-verbal (facial expression and body language) and written forms of communicating.

Communication is fundamental to our learning, working, socialising, relationships and well-being. If our communication is disrupted in any way then this can have devastating effects for both the individual and others around them.

Speech and language therapy can help to improve communication and also reduce the stress it may have on the whole family.

Speech and language therapists will treat individuals of all ages and abilities. Speech and language therapists diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language and communication difficulties and additionally help individuals with eating and drinking problems.

Speech and language therapy can offer a range of services which will vary for each individual and depend on their specific speech, language and communication needs.

What are the benefits of Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapy can be beneficial to any individual with a speech, language, communication or eating and drinking difficulty. It will also benefit the individual's family and friends and other professionals involved in their care. Speech and language therapy can have many benefits for individuals and their families, this vary will depending on the individual's speech, language and communication needs and also the underlying cause of their difficulties.

Benefits of speech and language therapy include:

  • Maximising the effectiveness of an individual's ability to communicate.
  • Improving an individual's ability to understand and express their feelings, thoughts and ideas.
  • Improving swallowing function and safety of eating and drinking.
  • Supporting family and friends in effectively communicating with the individual.
  • Supporting others involved in the individual's care e.g. teachers, carers and other health professionals.
  • Improving quality of life.
  • Increasing independence.
  • Increasing confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improving the individual's ability to carry out everyday tasks that their communication difficulties may inhibit them from participating in.
  • Developing social and conversational skills.
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    Speech and language therapy can help to improve overall communication. This will help the individual to communicate with others and also in expressing their thoughts and feelings. This will contribute to improving the individual's daily living and quality of life.

    Speech and language therapy will aim to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual regarding their speech, language and communication needs.

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    Next steps

    To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk


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    All our speech and language therapists are registered with the RCSLT and the HCPC

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