What is speech and language therapy?
Speech and language therapy is about the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals (AHPs). They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians, health visitors and doctors.
Speech and language therapists work with:
Children and Young People
- language delay
- specific language impairment
- specific difficulties in producing sounds
- cleft palate
- autism/social interaction difficulties
- voice disorders
- feeding and swallowing difficulties
- mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- physical disabilities
- 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
- hearing impairment
Speech and language therapy services in Forth Valley work across 3 main care groups:
- Children’s services
- Adult services
- Adults with a Learning Disability
Referring to Speech and Language Therapy
In Forth Valley speech and language therapy services have an open referral policy.
This means that referrals are welcome from anyone. For example – consultant, GP, social worker, care home manager, parents, carers or an individual.
Self Management of Care
Speech and language therapy is committed to supporting clients and carers with managing communication, language and eating and drinking problems safely and independently whenever possible.
- Your Child’s Journey Through the Community Speech and Language Therapy Service
- What is a Therapy Information Session (TIS) (Children)
- Being a Therapy Partner (Children)
- Information About Voice Information Sessions (VIS) (Adults)
Giving Feedback and Raising Concerns
Speech and language therapy aims to deliver a high standard of service, and we are always looking for ways to improve.
Comments, issues or concerns should be shared with individual therapists in the first instance. If you would like to submit feedback or comments please use our Feedback Form.
Getting There (Adult Services Only)
- Enter the hospital through the main entrance.
- Walk past the shops.
- Go through the automatic doors and continue past the seating area.
- Straight ahead are doors with a large letter A on the wall. This is the Therapy Area.
- Go through the next set of doors and take a seat in the waiting room.
- A speech therapist will come and collect you.
If you get lost – go to the Reception at the main entrance and ask them to telephone the speech therapy department on extension 66591