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Speech and Language Therapy

THE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST

The Speech and Language Therapist can provide appropriate assessment, advice and interventionfor any impairment of speech, language or communication which may occur due to a
developmental delay or specific disorder or be acquired through injury or a degenerative process

Areas which may be affected are as follows:

  • Verbal comprehension understanding of spoken language
  • Verbal expression and use of spoken language, i.e. vocabulary, sentence structure/meaning
  • Intelligibility of speech, use of speech sounds, prosody, i.e. intonation
  • Fluency of speech
  • Oral-motor control for speech – verbal dyspraxia where the child has difficulties in making and    coordinating the precise movements necessary for the production of spoken language, in the    absence of neural or muscular damage.
  • Associated language areas: symbolic development
  • Auditory memory & processing
  • Communication skills: use of interactive verbal and non-verbal skills  e.g. use of gesture, facial    expressions
  • Contribution to the assessment and treatment of feeding difficulties

Many children who present to a Speech and Language Therapist may have a speech disorder which is not straight forward and progress from therapy is often slow; often their presentation is inconsistent and difficult to diagnose

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