Speech and Language Therapy
The speech and language therapy team endeavour to:
• Provide a person centred quality service for adults in our day and/or residential services with communication and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties by supporting them as needed:
◦ to communicate as best they can in their everyday lives.
◦ to eat, drink and swallow to the best of their ability whilst maintaining safety.
• Use the resources we have as effectively as we can.
People supported may have difficulty, for example:
• understanding what is said
• asking for things and expressing their thoughts, feelings and experiences in everyday settings
• using speech as a means to communicate
• making choices
• paying attention and remembering
• being independent, included or participating in situations associated with communication difficulties
• with social use of language
• due to barriers in their environment
• eating, drinking and/or swallowing
Speech and Language Therapy Services provided include:
• Assessment using a variety of appropriate means for example observation, contact with people who know the person well, informal and formal testing.
• Intervention/management of communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties using a range of approaches e.g. indirect therapy which involves supporting significant others around the person to support the person’s communication and eating, drinking and swallowing skills on an everyday basis, programmes and recommendations, direct therapy, team work.
• Promoting and using a total communication approach which involves the use of a range of different means of communication e.g. objects, pictures, gestures, manual signs, communication wallets and devices with the aim to achieve the best outcome for the person involved. This may involve supporting people to trial different systems.
• Supporting the use of a range of communication tools as appropriate e.g. talking mats, communication passports, visual boards, social stories.
• Supporting and working and liaising with person him/herself, key staff in person’s life, people across different disciplines and services, family members and others as appropriate.
• Providing training/education to relevant others to support the management of the person’s difficulty e.g. by building their understanding, knowledge and skills in responding to persons communication and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The support and involvement of significant others is essential to the overall effectiveness of intervention.
• Advocating for people with communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
Direct work in the ‘clinic’ room may not be most effective. The level and types of support varies depending on the needs of the person concerned and their situation.
Speech and Language Therapy Manager, Speech and Language Therapy Department, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland South East Region, Belmont Park, Ferrybank, Waterford. DDI: 051 833540
Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland South East Region, Child and Family Centre, Civic Offices, Friar Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Phone: 062 85050.
Link to easy to read document about what a speech and language therapist can help with and how a speech and language therapist works.