Speech and Lanugage

 

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 with communication difficulties or eating and swallowing problems.

SLT’s provide specialist input around communication, including aspects such as:

  • 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

They 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 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 therapy input plan, depending on each child’s’ 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

The therapist must develop a good relationship with each child to maximize the benefits of the therapy input fully. Where appropriate and in consultation with the child and their family, the SLT will refer to other professionals within the Camali Clinic team or outside agencies to provide support for different needs the child presents with.

Many children will need ongoing SLT support for some time and it can be challenging 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 nursery/ school.

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