Speech and Language therapists work with individuals whose speech, language, swallowing and eating is affected following a brain or spinal injury or neurological condition.
Speech and Language therapists help people to overcome swallowing and communication difficulties. Brain injury can cause impairment of speech, language and swallowing abilities, resulting in the three main conditions for which speech and language therapists are uniquely qualified to treat.
WATCH: Speech and Language Therapist Alison Nickson introduces common communication impairments individuals may experience following a brain injury or neurological condition in our short video.
- Dysarthria is a condition that affects an individual’s ability to produce speech
- Dysphasia affects the ability to understand and use language to communicate
- Dysphagia is a muscular disorder that effects an individuals ability to swallow, drink or eat
It is the Speech a Language therapist’s role to assess these problems and to inform the rehabilitation team and family about suitable communication methods as well as advice about food and fluid consistency. Speech and Language therapists work with the individual to develop verbal and non-verbal strategies of communication.