What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. SLTs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better. Using specialist skills, SLTs work directly with clients and their carers and provide them with tailored support. They also work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, other allied health professionals and psychologists to develop individual treatment programmes. (RCSLT, 2020)

Speech and language therapy also addresses challenges with language and communication. It can help people with social communication difficulties such as autism and other neurological differences improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication. The overall goal is to help the person communicate in more useful and functional ways.( Autism Speaks, 2020)

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