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:
They also work with babies, children, or adolescents with:
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:
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.