What is Speech and Language Therapy?

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

As a qualified Speech and Langauge Therapist (SLT) I am able to assess and treat speech, language and communications problems, and support those with eating and drinking difficulties.


Speech and language therapists support children and adults with difficulties/impairments in:

  • attention and listening

  • social communication (including Autistm Spectrum Disorder)

  • understanding language

  • using language

  • speech and articulation

  • those who stammer

  • voice problems

  • feeding, chewing or swallowing


As a speech and language therapist I work directly with individuals to assess and treat difficulties, either individually or in groups (specialist provision). I work with the family, careers and other professionals to train those supporting children with speech, language and communication needs (targetted provision). I also work with nurseries and schools and other environments to train professionals in supporting the language and communication environment of those in their care (universal provision). I currently work in a range of settings across Stevenge, Hitchin and Letchworth.


Frequently Used Terms

Communication: conveying meaning or sharing information through a shared system (gestures and signs, objects, photos and symbols, words)

Language: the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings

Speech: the verbal means of communication

Articulation: how speech sounds are made and combined to produce words

Delay: A pattern of development typical in a younger child

Disorder: An atypical pattern of development which is not following the usual pattern or sequence expected


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): a condition affecting social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): communication methods used to support for replace speech. This may include signing, photos/symbols, voice output systems and high tech communication devices.


Dysphagia: difficulty or discomfort with swallowing