Speech &Amp; Language Therapist

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The chosen profession in which I have elected to write about is the role of a speech & language therapist (SLT). In this report I will mention many aspects of a speech & language therapist (SLT) from the education required to become a speech & language therapist (SLT) to the governing body of a speech & language therapist (SLT). The National Health Service (NHS) employs most of the speech & language therapists. There is roughly 10,000 speech & language therapists practising in the UK. A speech & language therapist works closely with a wide range of people. They work in co-operation with parents, carers, doctors, physiologists, nurses, occupational therapists etc. They may also work in many different areas from hospital wards to health centres to mainstream special schools to client’s homes etc. Role of a speech & language therapist The role of a speech & language therapist (SLT) is to work in unison with doctors and nurses and other health professionals, in the evaluation and treatment of people. The speech and language therapists (SLT) main responsibilities are to help enable people to communicate to the best of there capability. I use the term people as they treat all people from babies to children to adults. Babies most commonly have problems feeding or have difficulty swallowing. So the speech & language therapist must come in and try and evaluate why this is happening and to find a treatment. Children have many common problems stretching from learning difficulties to language impairment. I have constructed a list of the most common problems related to children which I have obtained from the National Health Service (NHS) website. Children’s most common problems (2005): • mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties • physical disabilities • language delay • language impairment • hearing impairment • stammering •
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