What is Speech and Language Therapy:
Speech and Language Therapy combines a variety of techniques to enable one to communicate with others to the best of their ability. Techniques are not limited to improving speech but also extend to eating and swallowing by perhaps using facial exercises to improve co-ordination.
Stimulation techniques (also known as Oral Placement Therapy) are common amongst therapists improving articular awareness.
Benefits of Speech and Language Therapy:
– Strengthens speech muscles leading to improved co-ordination
– Improves fluency of speech through breathing exercises
– Better the act of eating and swallowing
Who can benefit:
This type of therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, however, the patients who benefit the greatest have Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Parkinson’s or MS.
How can Speech and Language help with Autism?
For many people with Autism, impaired communication presents a prominent issue whether that be within a social environment or a lack of understanding of the meaning of words. Using techniques including the use of picture boards with words underneath, this type of therapy is designed to assist an individuals communication development.
How can Speech and Language help with MS?
SLT’s are crucial in the management of Multiple Sclerosis ranging from swallowing to the slurring of speech which is prevalent for individuals with MS.
Is this therapy for me?
If you are unsure if this is the therapy for you, watch the video below to see what a session involves:
Is Speech and Language Therapy available on the NHS?
Yes, this type of therapy is freely available on the NHS after a referral from your GP. More information can be found on your local NHS Trust website.
If you are willing to pay for private treatment, companies such as MTW Speech and Language have specialist therapists on hand to tailor sessions to your exact requirements.
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