Speech and Language Therapy

What is speech and language therapy?

servicesSpeech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.

Speech and language therapists work in these areas:

  •        community health centers
  •        hospital wards
  •        outpatient departments
  •        mainstream and special schools
  •        children’s centers
  •        day centers
  •        clients’ homes
  •        courtrooms
  •        prisons
  •        young offenders’ institutions
  •        independently/in private practice

Speech and language therapists work with:

Babies with

  •        feeding and swallowing difficulties

Children with

  •        mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  •        physical disabilities
  •        language delay
  •        specific language impairment
  •        specific difficulties in producing sounds
  •        hearing impairment
  •        cleft palate
  •        stammering
  •        autism/social interaction difficulties
  •        dyslexia
  •        voice disorders
  •        selective mutism

Adults with

  •        communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions, including stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and dementia
  •        head, neck or throat cancer
  •        voice problems
  •        mental health issues
  •        learning difficulties
  •        physical disabilities
  •        stammering
  •        hearing impairment

Speech-Language Pathology educational requirements.

1.      Master’s or higher degree with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology from an accredited program, which incorporates the academic coursework of 75 semester hours, 36 of which must be earned at the graduate level

2.      Complete a supervised clinical practicum with experience working with adults and children, in a variety of settings and a variety of communication problems. The experience must be obtained within an accredited program and amount to 375 clock hours of direct supervision and 25 clock hours of observation. At least 325 of the 400 hours must be obtained at the graduate level.

3.      Complete a required professional experience of no less than nine months of full-time or 18 months of part-time paid clinical experience

4.      Passage of a national examination approved by the Board

5.      Recency of study must be demonstrated via two CEUs within two years preceding application.