Speech-language therapy is a term commonly employed to describe courses of therapy that address both verbal speech concerns as well as difficulties with verbal and/or written language. Often this type of therapy is simply referred to as speech therapy though there is a language dimension included as well. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about speech-language therapy in the United Kingdom.
What Is Speech-Language Therapy?Speech-language therapy is the therapeutic treatment of speech and language difficulties and disorders. This therapy that helps to prevent, diagnose and/or rehabilitate an individual’s speech and language difficulties.
Who Attends Speech-Language Therapy?A variety of individuals with different speech and language difficulties attend speech-language therapy sessions. Individuals who have difficulty speaking, listening, reading and/or writing may all benefit from such therapy. Very often the individuals attending speech-language therapy are children, as this is when delays or difficulties in language skills first become apparent. In particular, those who have trouble learning the alphabet and/or the sounds of particular letters, syllables or words, those who have difficulty learning or using new vocabulary, and/or those who are unable to comprehend written or spoken language may all attend speech-language therapy sessions.
Where Does Speech-Language Therapy Take Place?Speech-language therapy may take place in a wide variety of locations including in a private therapist’s office, at hospital, at school, at an individual’s home or even in a public hall or community centre for group sessions.
What Occurs During Speech-Language Therapy Sessions?What occurs during a speech-language therapy session will depend upon many variables. The length of the therapy session (usually between a half hour and one hour), the location of the therapy session, the age of the individual involved, whether the therapy session is private or involves a group, and the type of speech or language difficulty or disorder that is being treated will all affect the activities engaged in during sessions.
A variety of activities may be employed, including sound or word repetitions, rhymes, conversational activities, reading and comprehension activities, puzzles, word or sentence scrambles, and reading aloud. Depending on the age of the client, play time activities and school work may also be the basis of a session. If a child is being treated, parents may be asked to attend sessions as well to familiarise themselves with the activities so that they may be engaged in consistently at home.