What is speech and language therapy?

Speech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

Take a look at some videos explaining more about speech and language therapy:

Bullmeadow Speech and Language Therapy Centre on communicating with babies

Read about this video by those who helped create it


Bradford Care Trust on SLTs

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors. There are around 13,000 practising SLTs in the UK.

Speech and language therapists work in these areas:

  • community health centres
  • hospital wards
  • outpatient departments
  • mainstream and special schools
  • children's centres
  • day centres
  • clients' homes
  • courtrooms
  • prisons
  • young offenders' institutions
  • independently/in private practice

Speech and language therapists work with:

Babies with

  • feeding and swallowing difficulties
Watch Bullmeadow Speech and Language Therapy Centre's video on the importance of communicating with babies - Hello Baby.
Produced by Emmie Payne-Cook and Sally Proctor of the Bull Meadow Clinic, using Big Lottery money and the help of local families.

Children with
  • mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • physical disabilities
  • language delay
  • specific language impairment
  • specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • hearing impairment
  • cleft palate
  • stammering
  • autism/social interaction difficulties
  • dyslexia
  • voice disorders
  • selective mutism
Watch Bradford Care Trust's videos showing what speech and language therapists do
Produced by Jane Norton, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Bradford Care Trust
Adults with
  • communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions, including stroke, head injury, Parkinson's disease and dementia
  • head, neck or throat cancer
  • voice problems
  • mental health issues
  • learning difficulties
  • physical disabilities
  • stammering
  • hearing impairment

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