A Speech and Language Therapist supports anyone who has difficulties with eating and drinking or with communication. At ILS we have the privilege of supporting children, their family and support teams within the home, whilst also working closely with the child’s educational placement. This means that there can be a seamless continuation of strategies being used at school into the home and vice versa.
For a lot of our clients, verbal communication will not be their optimum mode of communication and where this is the case the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist will explore AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) which are strategies to support or replace verbal communication, this can range from symbols and signs to high tech computer-based devices. The therapists will work alongside the child and the team around them to find the most effective method of communication and the child’s access to it. Once this has been established the therapist is then an integral part of the training and support to the carers, family and educational staff to ensure a cohesive approach to using the AAC.
Dysphagia (difficulties with any stage of eating and drinking) is a highly specialist area of the speech and language therapy provision that we provide. We assess a child’s ability to swallow various textures safely and if they cannot do so we look for alternatives. This may include non-oral feeding, but this decision would not be made until all supporting techniques (e.g. changes in food texture or consistency, postural changes, pacing of feeds etc) have been exhausted or when the child’s health is at risk. Dysphagia management is often a very stressful time for the child’s parents and those feeding the child, so it takes a highly specialist therapist to work with families in these situations.
All of the speech and language therapists at ILS are specialists within their field, all having worked a minimum of 5 years within their specialist areas. This ensures that our clients receive a gold standard of care which is person centred, holistic and flexible to meet the needs to the home environment.
If you would like to speak to us about speech and language support please contact Lindsay Oliver, Speech and Language Therapy Coordinator at ILS.
Produced by Lindsay Oliver, Speech and Language Therapy Coordinator at ILS
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