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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Questions about our services

What is a speech and language therapist?

Who benefits from speech and language therapy?

What types of conditions do you treat at speech and language therapy?

What can I expect from speech and language therapy treatment?

What will treatment involve and how long will it last for?

Where will the therapy sessions take place?

Can I see an independent speech and language therapist at the same time as an NHS speech and language therapist?

Who can make a referral for speech and language therapy, will I need my GP to refer me?

Is there a waiting list for appointments?

Where can I come for an appointment?

How do I book an appointment?

Paediatric questions

My two year old son is starting nursery in September and says a lot less than what his siblings did at the same age. Does he need to see a speech and language therapist?

My daughter is often hard to understand when speaking. She sometimes misses the ends off words and will often use the wrong sounds. Does my daughter have a speech problem? What should I do to help her?

My teenage son has recently been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. His teachers have suggested he is struggling in school, especially making friends and interacting with others. He is able to talk and his language is fine. How can speech and language therapy help?

My child's pre-school have raised concerns over his speech and language skills, can you speak to them?

What is the youngest age a child can receive speech and language therapy, is my child too young?

My grandson has cerebral palsy and has very limited communication; can speech and language therapy help him to communicate?

Adult questions

I had a stroke and have now been discharged from NHS speech and language therapy. I'm still struggling with my speech and language; can speech and language therapy still help me?

I have a stutter I find it difficult to talk to people in certain situations, e.g. when giving presentations at work. Can speech and language therapy help?

My grandfather has recently been coughing a lot when eating and drinking, is this a problem and can speech and language therapy help?

I have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and people often comment that my voice is too low; can you help me to project my voice?

I am a teacher and use my voice a lot on a day to day basis, I have recently started to notice that my voice sounds different and can often hurt when raising my voice. Is this a problem speech and language therapy can help with?

Questions about our services

What is a speech and language therapist?

Speech and language therapists are fully qualified professionals who assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, communication and swallowing problems. Speech and language therapists are trained to work with both children and adults and aim to maximise each individual's potential to communicate. A speech and language therapist will work with the client, their family and other professionals to achieve the best possible care. Speech and language therapists work in a range of settings including, schools, homes, hospitals and clinics.

All our speech and language therapists are fully qualified and are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC), and are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Who benefits from speech and language therapy?

Speech and language therapy benefits anyone who has a speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulty. Speech and language therapy helps children and adults of all ages and abilities. Speech and language therapy can also provide education, training and support for families, friends and other professionals who are involved in the client's care.

What types of conditions do you treat at speech and language therapy?

At speech and language therapy we can treat a variety of conditions which cause speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Common conditions or problems we treat include:

Adults with:

  • Neurological conditions e.g. stroke
  • Autism Spectrum disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Hearing loss and impairment
  • Voice problems
  • Speech disorder
  • Eating drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • Communication problems

  • Children with:

  • Hearing loss and impairments
  • Neurological problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eating drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • Speech disorders
  • Communication problems

  • At speech and language therapy we treat a number of difficulties. Find out more about what we treat.

    What can I expect from speech and language therapy treatment?

    Treatment at speech and language therapy will offer a specialised service to help individuals with speech, language, communication and swallowing needs. Speech and language therapy treatment will start with an initial assessment. An initial assessment will help to identify if a client has a speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulty and also the severity of their difficulty. The speech and language therapist will then decide what the best method of treatment will be for that client. The type of treatment given will vary for each individual and depend on their specific needs and abilities.

    Find out more about what to expect from speech and language therapy.

    What will treatment involve and how long will it last for?

    The type of treatment given will depend on the specific needs and abilities of each client. Our speech and language therapists offer individualised treatment plans for each client, which will be tailored to their specific needs and abilities.

    We have no set number of treatment sessions for our clients. An initial assessment will help us to determine what type of treatment to give and also the duration and number of sessions needed. Treatment is commonly once a week, however this may be more or less depending on the severity and type of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulty.

    Where will the therapy sessions take place?

    At speech and language therapy we provide a service to suit the needs and requirements of our clients. We have four clinics you can visit:

  • Manchester city centre
  • Sale
  • Macclesfield
  • Liverpool

  • Find out more about clinic visits.

    If our clients are unable to attend a clinic session, we are happy to make Home visits where we can provide assessment and treatment in the clients own home. We can also see clients in their educational environment, see school and nursery visits.

    Can I see an Independent speech and language therapist at the same time as an NHS speech and language therapist?

    Yes. The earlier a client is treated for a speech, language, communication or swallowing disorder, the better. It is well researched that early intervention is highly beneficial for individuals with speech, language and communication difficulties.

    Due to longer waiting lists in the NHS, early intervention is sometimes not possible. At speech and language therapy we have no waiting list and can see clients at a time and place to suit their needs and requirements. You can see a private speech and language therapist whilst on an NHS waiting list, or see us whilst also receiving NHS treatment.

    Having private treatment will not affect your NHS entitlement in any way.

    Who can make a referral for speech and language therapy, will I need my GP to refer me?

    No, we can accept referrals from any source. Common referral sources include self-referrals, referrals from family and friends and referrals from case managers or solicitors. If a client wishes to claim off their medical insurance, this may need to be authorized by their GP.

    Is there a waiting list for appointments?

    There are no waiting lists for our speech and language therapy services; we aim to see all of our clients at a time and place to suit them and as soon as possible after an initial enquiry.

    When can I come for an appointment?

    All of our clinics are open:

    Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm

    Saturday 9am - 4pm

    We will book an appointment at a time that is suitable for you.

    How do I book an appointment?

    Booking an appointment is easy, to book an appointment:

    Call: 0330 0885 643

    Email: office@slt.co.uk

    Paediatric questions

    My two year old son is starting nursery in September and says a lot less than what his siblings did at the same age. Does he need to see a speech and language therapist?

    Yes, it is important that your child is seen as early as possible for an initial assessment to see if he has a speech and language difficulty. It is common for children to develop at different stages and some children will say less words than others at the same age, however if there are any concerns regarding a child's speech and language development, the earlier your child is seen the better. The earlier a child is assessed the earlier we can rule out any speech and language difficulties or put in place an appropriate treatment plan to help develop your child's speech and language skills. At speech and language therapy we provide a fun environment for children and will carry out an assessment through a range of activities and games. We can offer quick and prompt appointments and will be able to advise and support you as a parent / carer if your child does have a speech or language difficulty.

    For more information on stages of development and also the importance of early intervention please see are pages on normal development and early intervention.

    My daughter is often hard to understand when speaking. She sometimes misses the ends off words and will often use the wrong sounds. Does my daughter have a speech problem? What should I do to help her?

    This depends on the age of your child. Children of the age of three should be mostly understandable to others around them. As part of natural speech development children will go through a process of not using certain speech sounds and simplifying them in more difficult words. Most children will outgrow this process and go on to being fully understood by others. However, some children will continue to use these speech processes later than other children of the same age, this is known as speech delay. Speech problems are often resolvable and respond quickly to therapy. Our advice would be to have your child assessed by a speech and language therapist to see if she has a speech problem. Our friendly staff will create a fun and motivating environment for your child and will be able to tell you if she has a speech difficulty on your initial appointment. Following an initial appointment we can provide you with advice, support and offer an individualised therapy programme.

    For more information on what the typical age children acquire speech processes please see our normal development page.

    My teenage son has recently been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. His teachers have suggested he is struggling in school, especially making friends and interacting with others. He is able to talk and his language is fine. How can speech and language therapy help?

    Although your son can talk and people may not think he has a language difficulty, children with Asperger Syndrome will often have higher level language difficulties. Higher level language difficulties include; how children use their language in conversation, their ability to understand jokes or sarcasm and more complex grammatical structures. Children with Asperger syndrome will often have difficulty in their use of social skills. SLT will provide an assessment of your child's higher level language skills which are essential skills needed for making friends and interacting with others. We can provide you, your child and also your child's school support and advice on managing these difficulties. We can provide individualised therapy programmes and also training for his school. Speech and language therapy will help your child to gain confidence and self-esteem about communicating with others.

    My child's pre-school have raised concerns over his speech and language skills, can you speak to them?

    Yes, we often work closely with other professionals, including educational staff. We will talk with your child's pre-school to see what their concerns are and whether your child would be appropriate for speech and language therapy. It is important that your child's pre-school are able to manage speech and language difficulties appropriately. We can provide an assessment of your child's ability within their pre-school setting or at a location to suit your needs. We can then offer the appropriate support, training and therapy programmes needed to help support you, the pre-school staff and your child in communicating more effectively.

    What is the youngest age a child can receive speech and language therapy, is my child too young?

    No, we can treat children at any age. We often treat very young babies and infants for difficulties with feeding. It is well documented that early intervention is crucial in helping children with speech, language and communication difficulties. If you have any concerns at any age about your child's speech, language and communication you should seek advice from a speech and language therapist

    My grandson has cerebral palsy and has very limited communication; can speech and language therapy help him to communicate?

    Yes, a detailed assessment of his speech, language and communication will help to determine his current ability to communicate. After the initial assessment we can then offer a range of interventions to help your grandson communicate to his full potential. We will offer an intervention to suit both your grandsons and family's needs and requirements. One of the options may include alternative and augmentative communication.

    Adult questions

    I had a stroke and have now been discharged from NHS speech and language therapy. I'm still struggling with my speech and language; can speech and language therapy still help me?

    Yes. Although individuals make the majority of their recovery in the first six months of having a stroke, they will continue to make progress after this time, however the rate of progress will depend on the individual. Speech and language therapy can help individuals who have had a stroke in any aspect of their speech, language and communication. At SLT an assessment will let us know what speech and language difficulties you are having. We will then offer an individual treatment programme to suit your specific needs and abilities.

    I have a stutter and find it difficult to talk to people in certain situations, e.g. when giving presentations at work. Can speech and language therapy help?

    Yes, an initial assessment will determine the severity of your stutter and also allow you to share any concerns you have. We will then offer you an individualised therapy programme providing you with advice, support and techniques which will help you to manage your stutter in more difficult situations. We also offer stuttering and fluency groups which offer a safe environment for individuals who stutter to communicate in, share their experiences and techniques and provide a support network. At SLT we will help to increase your confidence and self-esteem about communicating and managing your stutter in a positive way.

    My grandfather has recently been coughing a lot when eating and drinking, is this a problem and can speech and language therapy help?

    Coughing whilst eating and drinking is often a sign that food or drink may be going down the wrong way, which is often caused by a difficulty in swallowing. As well as communication, speech and language therapists also deal with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. If left untreated swallowing problems can cause health problems. We can provide an assessment for your grandfather to determine whether he has a swallowing problem. From the assessment results we will be able to put in place a relevant treatment programme to help with any difficulties he may have. We will also contact any other relevant professionals who may need to be involved in his care.

    I have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and people often comment that my voice is too low; can you help me to project my voice?

    Yes, at SLT we provide a specialist voice therapy programme for individual's with Parkinson's disease who are having difficulty with the volume of their voice. This programme is known as Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, which help individuals to project their voice. An initial assessment will help to determine whether this treatment is appropriate for your needs and abilities. We also offer similar treatments, exercises and techniques which can help to support your vocal quality in order to gain effective communication.

    I am a teacher and use my voice a lot on a day to day basis, I have recently started to notice that my voice sounds different and can often hurt when raising my voice. Is this a problem speech and language therapy can help with?

    This is a common problem that speech and language therapy deals with. Individuals who have to use their voice a lot as part of their profession will often experience voice problems. This type of problem responds well to speech and language therapy. An initial assessment will determine the type and severity of your voice problem and also help in creating an individualised voice programme to suit your specific needs and abilities. We can provide advice, support and techniques to help you manage any problems you having with your voice.


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