A speech language therapist is a specialist who evaluates and treats patients with speech; language; cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders, in individuals of all ages from; infants to the elderly.
A Speech Language Therapist carries out the following tasks:
- Identifies the speech and communication difficulty or disorder;
- Assesses the cause and nature of the problem, for example, congenital problems (such as cleft palate) or acquired disorders after a stroke or injury;
- Devises and delivers a suitable treatment programme, works on a one-to-one basis or in groups, to enable each of his/her clients to improve as much as possible;
- Reviews and revises the programme as appropriate;
- Advise carers on implementing a treatment programme and trains other professionals in therapy delivery.
- Communicates with patients to evaluate their levels of speech or language difficulty;
- Determines the extent of communication problems by having a patient complete basic reading and vocalizing tasks or by giving standardized tests;
- Identifies treatment options;
- Creates and carry out an individualized treatment plan;
- Teaches patients how to make sounds and improve their voices;
- Teaches alternative communication methods, such as sign language, to patients with little or no speech capability.
- Jobs directly related to the qualification
- Speech Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Speech Pathologist
- Speech Language Pathologist
BooksEvaluating & Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems by Barbara Williams Hodson
The Diving bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
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