What is speech and language therapy?

RCSLT undergraduate guide

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors. There are around 14,000 practising SLTs in the UK working in a wide variety of settings.

Speech and language therapists at Bradford Care Trust have made a series of videos, talking about their work and showing what speech and language therapists do.

Find out how to become an SLT

  • Our careers guide 
    Information about what speech and language therapists do, how to become an SLT and recognised speech and language therapy courses in the UK.

  • Career in Speech and language therapy
    Find out about pay scales, becoming a support worker and obtaining work experience.

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