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Speech and Language: Communication, eating and drinking difficulties

Would you know how to communicate with someone who couldn’t speak?

Would you know how to support someone who had trouble eating and drinking?

Would you know how Speech and Language Therapy could support those with dementia?


This month we’re celebrating the work of our Speech and Language Therapy Service at Peninsula Community Health.

Click here for a list of events you can attend throughout October 


What do Speech and Language Therapy do?

Our speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing.

SLT’s provide services that are crucial to those with communication disabilities and those with eating and swallowing difficulties.

  • Speech and language therapists are specialists who enable people to develop or regain vital communication and swallowing skills.
  • Problems with speech and language restrict the individual and severely limit their participation in family life, the community, education and the world of work.
  • Tackling communication and swallowing problems reduces avoidable costs and waste in the NHS, local authorities, the criminal justice system and the wider economy.
  • Urgent changes are needed to support timely access to speech and language therapy for those who need it.

Who benefits from the service?

SLTs assist those have the following types of problems:

  • Voice disorders such as a hoarse voice, loss of voice, voice strain
  • difficulty producing and using speech
  • difficulty understanding language
  • difficulty using language
  • difficulty with feeding, chewing or swallowing
  • a stammer
  • people who need alternative communication (AAC) because their problems are deteriorating or may not improve.
  • These problems may have been caused by a range of diseases and disabilities such as:

These problems may have been caused by a range of diseases and disabilities such as:

  • Stroke
  • learning disability
  • neurological disorders e.g. Parkinson's disease
  • cancer of the mouth and throat
  • head injury
  • vocal polyps
  • dementia

Volunteers – offer your time to help ‘unlock the laughter’

The Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service operates a scheme for volunteers to visit people who have communication difficulties.

We are looking for volunteers to have a conversation with individuals, usually in the person’s own
home, for 1 hour per week for approximately 6 months.

This service is of immense help in re- building the confidence of people who have experienced communication problems and provides an opportunity to practice their new skills in a safe way.

Full training and support is provided.

For further information email or Joan.Treasurer@pch-cic.nhs.uk

About our service and contact

For more information about the Speech and Language Service, visit our services page here.

To contact the service call 01872 246993.


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