Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and language therapists are experts in all aspects of communication and can support children and young people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential in this area, most often by working through the team already working with them at home, school and in other settings as they go about their day-to-day activities.

A Speech and Language Therapist can assess and provide support for how a child or young person sends and receives information and messages, using speech, gestures, facial expression and a range of behaviours and other non-verbal communication methods. The therapist will set goals that are important to the child, young person and family and design programmes of activities and interventions to achieve these.

Some speech and language therapists have specialist expertise in how children and young people eat, drink and swallow. Others have expertise in autism and social communication and interaction.