Speech and Language Difficulties - Camali Clinic

Speech and Language Difficulties

Who do Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) see?

Speech and language pathologists are also referred to as Speech and Language Therapists (SLT). The SLP provides life changing treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication, or with eating and swallowing difficulties.

SLT’s provide specialist input around communication, including:

  • Receptive and expressive language development
  • Preverbal language skills, including eye gaze, turn taking, shared attention
  • Non verbal language
  • Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) strategies
  • Articulation and intelligibility difficulties
  • Social language difficulties
  • Attention and listening skills

Speech and language therapists also work with babies, children, or adolescents with:

  • A range of mental health difficulties
  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Language delay
  • Specific language impairment
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Autism/ social interaction difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Attention and listening difficulties

While these are all speech and language difficulties an SLT may see, each therapist may be specialised in a few areas of expertise. Speak to our team of clinicians during a referral call for information about how Camali Clinic can help your child with speech difficulties.

How do SLTs/SLPs work?

An SLT will usually want to assess each child’s current language levels to start off with. This can be done with formal or informal assessments, observations and questionnaires.

After the initial consultation, the SLT will sit with the child and family to discuss the findings and make a plan for therapy input, depending on each childs’ areas of strengths and support needs.

Therapy can be provided in lots of different ways but will usually be in one of the following formats:

  • 1:1 therapy sessions
  • 2:1 paired sessions
  • Group sessions

It is essential that the therapist is able to develop a good relationship with each child in order to fully maximize the benefits of the therapy input. Where appropriate and in consultation with the child and their family, the SLT will refer on to other professionals within the Camali Clinic team or to outside agencies to provide support for other particular needs the child presents with.

Many children will need ongoing SLT support for some time and it can be very difficult to answer the ‘How long will this take?’ questions for a child. However, each child’s input will be reviewed regularly to ensure that aims and targets are relevant and new skills are being generalised at home and at nursery/ school.

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