Benefits For Other Professionals

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Benefits for other professionals

Speech and language therapy helps to improve and develop speech, language and communication difficulties. Speech and language therapy also helps and supports individuals with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

Speech and language therapy can benefit other professionals involved in the individual's care these can include:

  • Care home staff
  • Educational staff
  • Medical professionals

What impact can a speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty have on professionals involved in the individual's care?

Any speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty can have an impact on professionals involved in the individual's care. The type of impact will vary and be dependent on the individual's specific speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty, the severity of their difficulty and also their underlying condition. Some of the difficulties faced by professionals involved in the individual's care include:

  • An inability to communicate effectively with the individual regarding specific tasks and care.
  • Difficulty getting the individual to follow specific instructions or understand information.
  • Difficulty eliciting specific information from the individual.
  • Lack of understanding on how to deal with the individual's specific needs and abilities.
  • Difficulty motivating the individual to participate in activities.
  • Lack of awareness of speech, language and communication difficulties and also eating and drinking problems.

These difficulties can be evident across a variety of settings, including the school, college, hospital, care home, home and clinic environments.

What types of speech and language therapy can benefit other professionals?

The speech and language therapist will provide support, training and advice to other professionals involved in the individual's care. The speech and language therapist will help to improve the professionals understanding of the individual's speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty. The speech and language therapist will also help to support professionals in effectively communicating with the individual and in overcoming any breakdowns in communication.

Different approaches which can benefit other professionals involved in the individual's care can include:

  • Training for care homes
  • Training for other professionals
  • Training for educational staff
  • Equipment training
  • Consultative role
  • Therapy programmes
  • Pre-school communication groups
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing management
  • Joint assessments
  • Advice and education

What are the benefits of speech and language therapy for other professionals?

Speech and language therapy has many benefits for professionals involved in the individual's care. The main benefit is helping the professional to understand and support the individual's speech, language, communication and / eating and drinking difficulty. Other benefits include:

  • Increased understanding of the individual's specific difficulties.
  • Awareness of communication and eating and drinking difficulties.
  • Training of specific therapies or programmes in order to maximise the individual's communication and / eating and drinking difficulties.
  • Support and advice.
  • Communication benefits.

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 call 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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