Highly skilled Speech and Language Therapists providing evidence-based treatment tailored to your specific needs in the areas of communication & speech disorders and dysphagia.
Our Speech and Language Therapists have a wealth of experience in the treatment of adults with neurological conditions and voice disorders.
Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) assess and treat people with speech, language and communication problems to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. They also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems (Dysphagia).
Communication difficulties and dysphagia (swallowing problems) can be caused by a variety of conditions including neurological conditions.
Swallowing assessment includes case history taking, informal interview and observation, trials with a variety of consistencies of diet and fluids, laryngeal palpation, cervical auscultation, and pulse oximetry where appropriate.
Diet and fluid consistency modification
Compensatory techniques and safe swallowing manoeuvres
Dysphagia therapy exercises
Environmental advice and strategies
Education about swallowing
Exploration of adapted dysphagia utensils
We offer services to adults with the following communication disorders:
Aphasia (difficulties with language including word finding, understanding, reading and writing)
Apraxia (difficulties with the planning and programming of motor speech)
Dysarthria (slurred speech due to lip and tongue muscle weakness)
Dysphonia (voice disorder which may result in harsh, weak, strained or breathy voice)
Cognitive Communication Difficulties (including problems with initiation, conversational repair and topic shift/maintenance)
This will involve a holistic approach which may include case history taking, informal interview and observation relating to communication, speech, language or voice difficulties and a combination of informal and formal assessments.
Whilst the treatment approach used is designed to suit your personal needs, some examples are given below:
Sensory, Feeding and Oral Placement Therapy Programmes
Supported Conversation – provision of strategies and training in the use of communication aids or ramps to facilitate effective two-way communication between patient and conversational partner
Conversational partner training
Support with basic and high-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
Voice therapy treatment plans including vocal hygiene and voice exercises
Think Loud programme
Aphasia therapy including semantic therapy (activities and tasks to strengthen the meanings of words), melodic intonation therapy, PACE aphasia therapy, Semantic Feature Analysis treatment
Education and advice about communication difficulties
Training to clients and carers in communication strategies
Use of Computer-based programmes or apps such as Tactus Therapy
Video recording and visual and auditory feedback
Problem solving scenarios
In all cases, we assess, treat and offer management plans which are person-centred and focused on the individual’s needs. We seek to play a key role in improving communication and eating & drinking so as to improve the quality of life of our clients. We work collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure that a holistic approach is used for the most effective way in providing the necessary treatment.