Speech and Language Therapy

 

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) department provides a service for patients who are aged 18 years and above. These patients generally have acquired communication and/or swallowing difficulties.


We provide intensive therapy sessions at the clinic as well as caregiver training to assist the patients at home effectively. We aim to provide evidence-based services which are dependent on the specific individualized needs of adults who are experiencing acquired speech, language, communication, or swallowing difficulties.


Therapists work in collaboration with the patients, their families/caregivers, and other professionals to reduce the impact of these often-isolating difficulties on the patients’ wellbeing and their ability to actively and independently participate in daily life.

 

We can assist with the following acquired communication and/or swallowing difficulties:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Voice therapy (i.e., working with those who have damaged vocal and/voice disorders)
  • Fluency disorders (i.e., stuttering and/or stammering)
  • Dysphagia and/or eating difficulties

What 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.

Dedicated therapy programme and speech therapist

To fully understand the patient’s case and condition, a speech therapist will perform an intensive review of the case history. Standardised testing will be conducted to create a baseline for the therapy programme, and assess the patient’s capabilities. An assessment report will be produced following this, detailing the results of the test and the speech therapist’s interpretation of the data.

The assessment report will form as the basis for choosing which among our speech therapy courses are best suited for the patient.

This personalised process ensures we take the most appropriate and holistic approach to addressing the needs of each patient.

Speech Therapy Courses

Camali Clinic is home to some of the most well-respected and experienced speech therapists in Dubai today. Our team is composed of certified speech therapists who provide invaluable hands-on experience, in-depth insight, and medical expertise on various cases of speech and language disorders. We provide speech therapy courses addressing the following disorders, among others:

Language Disorders:

  • Pragmatic disorder – difficulty in communicating in social settings
  • Expressive disorder – difficulty in the utility of language
  • Reception disorder – difficulty in the absorption of language

Speech Disorders:

  • Articulation – difficulty in verbally expressing speech sounds
  • Stuttering – disrupted speech flow due to repetitions and elongations of words, phrases, syllables or sounds
  • Apraxia – difficulty mobilising muscles and structures to formulate speech sounds

Discuss your needs with a certified speech therapist in Dubai today

Schedule an appointment at our clinic by calling the following numbers: Dubai: ‎+971 (0) 4 276 6064 / ‎+971 (0) 58 297 6331. Abu Dhabi:‎ +971 (0) 2 666 0363 / +971 (0) 58 297 6331. You can also do so via email by reaching us at bookings@camaliclinic.com.

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