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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapists assess and treat children and adults who have difficulties with speech and language.

These difficulties may be the result of:

  • learning disabilities
  • strokes
  • head injuries
  • neurological conditions

Speech and language therapists also assess and treat difficulties of eating and drinking (chewing, sucking and swallowing).

They work in hospitals, primary care and the community and in schools and people's homes. They may also work in the private and voluntary sector. Speech and language therapists who work in the National Health Service (NHS) must be registered with the Health Professions Council.

Speech and language therapists may be accessed directly or through a referral from a doctor or other health care practitioner.

In addition, there are several voluntary organisations which help and support people with communication difficulties, including speech and language disorders, and who can provide advice.

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