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What is Speech & Language Therapy?

Communication is a fundamental part of our day to day lives. We use language to communicate our needs, build relationships, develop literacy skills and succeed academically.

From birth, children typically begin to develop basic fundamentals of communication. As they grow older, this changes through many stages into complex, mature language and communication skills that we use in our everyday lives and learning.

Children can encounter difficulties in many different areas of their speech, language and communication development. Where progress is delayed, is not typical of general patterns of development or ceases to develop appropriately, children often require additional support from a speech & language therapist. These difficulties can occur at any point, but typically affect children from the age of 18 months.

Speech and language therapists work closely with families and other professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language and cognitive-communication disorders. Our aim is to provide the best opportunity for children to develop their communication skills whilst offering support to families, carers and their associated professionals in aiding their children to succeed in their communication.

Speech and language therapists can also provide assessment, therapy and support in the development of swallowing and feeding.