Speech & Language Therapy

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. We can assess and treat people with the following neurological conditions –

  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Congenital disorders including cerebral palsy

We also can assess and treat people with –

  • Vocal fold palsies
  • Vocal polyps
  • Vocal nodules
  • Reinkes’ oedema
  • Muscle tension in vocal folds

Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

  • Oral Stage dysphagia
  • Pharyngeal stage dysphagia

Dysphagia Assessment

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.  

Treatments Offered

  • 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. 

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)

 Communication Assessment

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.

Treatments Offered

Whilst the treatment approach used is designed to suit your personal needs, some examples are given below:

  • Talking Mats
  • 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
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Environmental modifications
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Aphasia therapy including semantic therapy (activities and tasks to strengthen the meanings of words), melodic intonation therapy, PACE aphasia therapy, Semantic Feature Analysis treatment
  • Word-finding strategies, word-retrieval cueing strategies 
  • 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.