.A specialist speech and language therapy practice for children and adults in Birmingham, Solihull and across the West Midlands. Medico-legal speech and language therapy and expert witness speech and language therapy reports. Non-registered court intermediary services for defendants available across the UK.
For a free, no obligation discussion of your speech and language therapy needs in Warwickshire, Solihull, Birmingham and the West Midlands or for an appointment contact Louise on 07411 765114 for children's speech and language therapy or Liz on 07970 039 314 for adult services or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech and language needs can have such a profound impact on the person’s ability to communicate that speaking or writing is not possible or insufficient to get their messages across. In this instance a speech and language therapist may utilise Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC). This term covers ways of communicating that add to, or replace, speech and handwriting with signs or symbols; voice output communication aids (VOCAs) and computer-based technology may be used.
People (children or adults) may have difficulty expressing themselves so that they are able to be understood by others. This could be due to lack of speech, difficulties with how understandable their speech is (intelligibility), motor speech difficulties (controlling the physical movements necessary for speaking) (dysarthria or dyspraxia), or difficulties with voice production and breath control.
An AAC user utilises a system to enable them to communicate expressively. This may be:
· use of symbols
· communication books containing frequently used words, pictures or symbols or containing information relating to the person's likes and dislikes
· low-tech communication aids (such as a small chart with symbols for basic needs, or a machine with a very limited message content)
· high-tech communication aids (e.g. VOCAs) such as that used by Stephen Hawkins
Therapy should begin as soon as possible to give individuals needing AAC a means of expressing themselves. For some, AAC may be a continuing lifelong need and a therapist will be involved in updating systems to ensure they meet the person's needs and make use of improved equipment, for example the ever changing and improving world of apps.
The following may form part of therapy input for people with AAC needs:
· Assessment of the individual's ability to express themselves in a way others can understand.
· Assessment alongside others (e.g. family, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, as appropriate) to look at availability and suitability of systems.
· Liaison with family and significant others to educate them about the AAC system the individual is using.
· The AAC method will require regular updating as vocabulary increases and needs change.
· And/or regular therapy.
Specialist Speech Therapy offers services to children and adults with speech, language, communication and swallowing needs in Birmingham, Solihull and across the West Midlands. Contact us to discuss your needs.
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Specialist Speech Therapy Practice Birmingham, Solihull, Midlands
Highly specialist speech and language therapy for children and adults in Birmingham, Solihull and across the West Midlands. Medico-legal and tribunals reports regularly produced.