Speech and Language Therapy
Providing exceptional injury rehabilitation, long term complex care and community support.
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
A Speech and Language Therapist works in partnership with adults who are struggling with their speech, language and communication skills, or their eating, drinking, feeding and swallowing abilities, to achieve the best possible outcomes.
The highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy service within Peartree House has over 25 years’ experience working with a wide range of clients in the assessment, differential diagnosis, management, education and rehabilitation of speech, language, communication and eating, drinking, feeding and swallowing disorders, and is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards of evidence-based practice.
What can Speech and Language Therapy help with?
As specialists in the field of neurology, and members of the Health and Care Professions Council as well as the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Peartree’s Speech and Language Therapy service is able to provide a highly skilled and inter-disciplinary service to clients with a broad range of neurological conditions, including:
Acquired Brain Injury
Cancer of the Brain
As well as progressive neurological conditions, including:
Motor Neurone Disease
Whatever the condition, the Speech and Language Therapy service always works in partnership with clients, their families and carers to optimise their maximum potential. They can also provide training to the wider workforce which interfaces with the client to capitalise on opportunities for positive outcomes.
Speech and Language Therapy can help with communication difficulties as a result of acute speech or language damage affecting receptive and expressive language skills, speech, reading and writing following a stroke or brain trauma, or a more gradual decline as a consequence of a progressive neurological condition. Treatment may include:
- A flexible range of assessments of the client’s communication skills and deficits to gain an accurate diagnosis of their difficulties
- A bespoke, evidence-based, interactive and motivating treatment programme to maximise the client’s abilities and to meet their goals
- Help to relearn lost or damaged communication skills, strengthen retained skills, and find new ways of communicating such as the use of communication aids
- Information, support and training for family members and carers on how best to enable the client’s condition
- Working with family and friends to help adapt their communication skills to support the client
- Advice and support on the client’s return to education or work, with consideration of their needs within the environments they may encounter.
Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
The intake of adequate food and drink is essential for life. Difficulty with swallowing not only has potentially life-threatening consequences but can also lead to an impaired quality of life.
‘When a person is unable to swallow, the ability to enjoy almost all other aspects of life is affected. Even minor, intermittent dysphagia can lead to psychological and social stresses. Episodes of choking can lead to a fear of eating that can lead to malnutrition and social withdrawal.’ (McCulloch et al, in Perlman and Schulze-Delrieu 1997)
Speech and Language Therapy has a unique Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered role in identifying and managing dysphagia as a result of a wide range of acute or chronic, static or progressive neurological conditions. These conditions may benefit from not only an initial assessment by the Speech and Language Therapist but regular monitoring, support and review of progress over time.
Working together with clients, their families and carers, the Speech and Language Therapist can assess, diagnose, support, rehabilitate, and help to manage the many problems dysphagia can cause.
Symptoms of dysphagia may include:
- Food/saliva spillage from the lips
- Difficulty chewing or delayed or effortful swallow
- Multiple swallows for each mouthful, or food sticking in the throat
- Coughing or choking before, during or after swallowing
- A ‘gurgly’ voice after swallowing
- Taking a long time to eat and becoming tired
- Frequent check infections, or aspiration pneumonia
- Increased susceptibility to infection, poor wound healing, poor skin condition
- Unintentional weight loss
- Dehydration resulting in urinary tract infections
- Food avoidance, anxiety or embarrassment
Our Service Includes:
- Assessment, differential diagnosis, management, support, advice, and rehabilitation for clients with speech, language, communication, and eating, drinking, feeding and swallowing difficulties, and the provision of appropriate, evidence-based, interactive treatment programmes to maximise the client’s abilities and meet their goals
- We can visit the client at home or they may like to visit us at Peartree House
- A summary report highlighting difficulties and recommended strategies
- A detailed in-depth report of current difficulties with assessment outcomes, diagnosis, treatment and management recommendations
- We can also provide bespoke training packages, talks and workshops to care settings, day centres, and workplaces addressing communication and swallowing issues, including:
- Dysphagia awareness training
- Feeding skills workshop
- Communication awareness training
- How to support people with communication difficulties.
All interventions are person-centred and individualised according to the need of the client, and we work in harmony with the NHS and voluntary sector to optimise the client’s care.
How to access Speech and Language Therapy?
Want to speak to one of our Speech and Language Therapists? We accept referrals from any healthcare and social care professional or case manager. Individuals can also self-refer. Referrals are accepted on a written standardised referral form, via telephone, fax, email, letter or via the form below.
Please phone us on 023 8044 8168