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Speech & Language Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy

SLT aims to increase effective communication skills in individuals who experience communication difficulties and to promote children’s development of language, speech, behaviour and interpersonal skills by working in the context of a team, and in partnership with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Speech & Language Therapists use a combination of goal-focused conversation, learning strategies, play and role-play activities to assist in the development of:

  • Foundation or pre-verbal skills – the ‘building blocks’ of early language development, including appropriate use of eye contact, turn-taking skills, choice making, attention and listening skills.
  • Non-verbal skills and alternative and augmentative communication systems.
  • Play skills: functional, symbolic and imaginative play skills support social, speech and language development.
  • Speech and vocal development. promoting vocal play and reducing ‘jargon’ speech.
  • Voice and vocal health: supporting prosody, rate, phonation, breathing patterns
  • Articulation: developing phonology according to milestones of development.
  • Oral motor development: enhancing oral strength and precision to support motor speech activity.
  • Eating and drinking skills: arising from behavioural, physical/ or physiological issues.
  • Receptive and expressive language skills and verbal comprehension including auditory memory and processing, word finding skills, vocabulary development, semantics, grammar and sequencing skills.
  • High-level language skills, such as problem solving, inference and cognitive development.
  • Social and pragmatic skills for maintaining relationships with others.
  • Independence, confidence and maturity.