Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists work with people of all ages who have communication problems and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Communication problems may be developmental in nature or they may be acquired as the result of injury or illness.
These can be distressing and it is important that the patient has his/her dignity maintained at all times, and that the therapist exhibits appropriate care and compassion when interacting with patients. This ethos is stressed when teaching speech and language therapists on our courses at DMU.
Therapists are often members of multi-disciplinary teams and they work in partnership with the person who has a communication problem and their family/carers. Therapy may be offered on an individual basis or as part of a group and may take place in a variety of settings. The type of therapy offered and the venue for the therapy will depend on the needs of the individual and the way in which the service is offered in the local area.
Further information about the profession can be found on the website of the professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (www.rcslt.org
). All speech and language therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council.