The department is manned by Rehabilitation Technicians and a therapy assistant with the support of a part time Speech Therapy consultant. Speech therapy preferred term speech-language pathology(SLP) is the profession devoted to the assessment, habilitation, rehabilitation, counselling and prevention services for individuals from birth through old age who have some type of speech, voice, language, cognitive-communicative or swallowing disorder.
The conditions mostly seen in the department are childhood apraxia, dysathria, dementia, huntington’s disease, laryngeal cancer, oral cancer, orofacial myofunctional disorders, articulation disorder and phonological processing, stuttering and voice disorders. They also cater for language based learning disabilities, pre-school language disorders, selective mutism, attention deficit, autism, cleft lip and palate, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions.
The speech therapy treatment plans include receptive or expressive communication, speech or articulation, alternative augmentative communication, oral motor exercises, oral feeding sessions, swallowing stimulation, cognitive communication, school visits and home program recommendations. To achieve the above treatment focus areas, the team works hand in hand with the St Giles multidisciplinary team, schools, families, ENT’s, Audiologists and referring specialist to set goals and review progress.