Increased Social Opportunites

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Increased social opportunities

Communication is a key aspect of effectively interacting with others and participating in social opportunities. If an individual's communication is disrupted in any way then the individual may not be able to effectively participate and interact with others around them, limiting their social opportunities. Individuals with eating and drinking difficulties can also have difficulty in effectively participating in social activities.

Speech and language therapy helps to develop and improve speech, language and communication problems. Speech and language therapy also supports individuals with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Speech and language therapy will help the individual to access more social opportunities. How can a speech, language and communication difficulty impact on an individual's social opportunities?

There are a variety of speech, language and communication difficulties which can impact on an individual's social opportunities. An individual's speech, language and communication difficulty may be mild to severe and will affect each individual in different ways. Any speech, language or communication difficulty which affects an individual's ability to effectively communicate with others will impact on their social opportunities. Speech, language and communication difficulties can affect an individual's ability to communicate with family members, peers and professionals. An individual's speech, language or communication problem can also cause emotional problems such as low self-esteem and lack of confidence, which may limit them in wanting to make friends and participating in social activities. Having an eating and drinking difficulty may also limit an individual's social opportunities as they may feel embarrassed or lack confidence when eating around other people. Having limited social opportunities can result in social isolation and depression.

How can speech and language therapy help to increase social opportunities?

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. The speech and language therapist will also help to improve eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. By improving an individual's communication and eating and drinking ability this will help them in accessing more social opportunities.

The speech and language therapist will use a variety of management approaches in helping an individual to communicate more effectively and increasing their social opportunities. The type of management approach taken will depend on the individual's overall ability, the type of speech, language or communication difficulty they have and also their underlying cause or condition. Management approaches can include:

  • Training
  • Consultative approach
  • One to one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Therapy programmes
  • Social skills groups
  • Total communication approach
  • Stroke rehabilitation groups
  • Stuttering and fluency groups
  • Alternative and Augmentative communication
  • Pre-school communication groups

What are the benefits of increasing social opportunities?

There are many benefits of increasing social opportunities. Benefits of increasing social opportunities can include:

  • Emotional benefits including increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Increased independence.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Increased participation with families and friends.
  • Increased ability to make peers.
  • Increased social opportunities involving eating and drinking.

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

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us on 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


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