Increased Independence

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What to expect

Increased independence

Independence is acting for oneself and not being controlled by others when making decisions, giving opinions and carrying out tasks. Communication is a key element of being able to independently carry out everyday tasks. Communication involves receiving and expressing messages via verbal, non-verbal or written communication. When an individual's communication or eating and drinking ability is disrupted this may have an impact on the individual being able to act independently.

Speech and language therapy helps to develop and improve an individual's speech, language and communication. Speech and language therapy also supports individuals with eating and drinking difficulties. Our speech and language therapist will work on increasing an individual's independence in communicating and also in their eating and drinking.

How can a speech, language and communication difficulty prevent someone from being independent?

There are a variety of speech, language and communication difficulties which can affect an individual's ability to lead an independent lifestyle. Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties may also affect an individual's ability to eat and drink independently. An individual's speech, language and communication difficulty may be mild to severe and will affect each individual in different ways. A speech, language and communication difficulty can affect an individual's ability to receive and express messages which may affect their ability to carry out everyday tasks independently. For example, carrying out an instruction, making a decision, giving an opinion or asking a question. Any task can be affected by a speech, language or communication problem, and may affect the individual's ability to do these tasks independently. Speech, language and communication difficulties can affect both children and adults and their ability to act independently in a variety of environments including the home, school, work and social settings. Lack of independence can have a dramatic impact on an individual's life and may lead to emotional and social difficulties.

How can speech and language therapy help to increase an individual's independence?

The speech and language therapist will help to improve and develop an individual's speech, language and communication difficulty in helping them to communicate more effectively and independently. The speech and language therapist will also help to improve an individual's ability to eat and drink independently. The speech and language therapist may use a variety of management approaches when helping to increase an individual's independence in communicating and also eating and drinking. The type of management approach taken will differ for each individual and will depend on their overall ability, their specific communication or eating and drinking difficulty, the severity of their difficulty and also the underlying cause or condition. Management approaches which can help to increase an individual's independence may include:

  • Training
  • Consultative approach
  • One to one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Therapy programmes
  • Alternative and Augmentative communication
  • Social skills groups
  • Stuttering & stammering groups
  • Pre-school communication groups
  • Total communication approach
  • Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
  • Stroke rehabilitation groups
  • Advice and education

What are the benefits of increasing independence?

There are many benefits of increasing an individual's independence. The main benefit is in helping the individual to act as independently as possible in their everyday lives. Other benefits include:

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Improved functional ability e.g. carrying out everyday tasks.
  • Ability to socially participate.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Increased ability to access their educational and work environments.
  • Reducing the responsibility of carers.
  • Ability to communicate more effectively with others involved in their care.

How do I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

If you would like any more information on our speech and language therapy services, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us by emailing office@slt.co.uk or calling 0330 0885 643.


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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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