Increasing confidence and self-esteem
Having a speech, language or communication difficulty will affect an individual's ability to communicate with others effectively. The individual's ability to eat and drink safely and independently may also be affected. These difficulties will often lead to the individual lacking confidence and also self-esteem regarding their communication or eating and drinking difficulty.
Speech and language therapy will help to improve speech, language and communication problems. Speech and language therapy will also help to improve the safety of an individual's eating and drinking ability.
What impacts can a speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty have on an individual's confidence and self-esteem?
Having a speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty can have a dramatic effect on an individual's life. The individual's ability to communicate and eat and drink effectively and independently will be affected, this can lead to the individual lacking confidence and self-esteem when communicating with others and also when eating and drinking. Having low self-esteem and lack of confidence may affect the individual in a variety of settings and can affect many areas of their life including:
- Educational / work performance
- Functional (carrying out everyday tasks)
Individuals with low self-esteem and lack of confidence may lack motivation to carry out tasks and can also lead to depression.
How can speech and language therapy help to increase an individual's self-esteem and confidence?
Speech and language therapy will help to improve an individual's ability to communicate effectively with others, in a variety of different settings. Speech and language therapy will also help to improve an individual's eating, drinking and swallowing ability. By improving the individual's communication and eating and drinking ability, this will contribute to increasing their confidence and self-esteem. The speech and language therapist will use a variety of management approaches in helping the individual to become a more confident communicator and also build their confidence in eating and drinking. Different management approaches used to help increase an individual's self-esteem and confidence include:
- Individual therapy
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication
- Group therapy
- Eating, drinking and swallowing management
- Compensatory strategies
- Advice and education
What are the benefits of increasing self-esteem and confidence?
The main benefits of increasing self-esteem and confidence is increasing the individual's ability to become a more confident communicator and also building their confidence in eating and drinking independently. Increasing self-esteem and confidence can have other benefits including:
- Increasing their social opportunities.
- Accessing their educational and work environment more effectively.
- Carrying out everyday tasks which require the use of effective communication and / eating and drinking.
- Effectively communicating their thoughts, feelings and other information.
- Effectively understanding the information around them.
- Increased self-esteem and confidence for parent or carers.
- Increased self-esteem and confidence for other professionals involved in their care.
- Improved quality of life.
- Increased independence.
How do I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?
If you would like any more information on any of our services, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please do not hesitate to call us on 0330 0885 643.
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