Speech and language therapists
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Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, fluency and voice disorders caused by disability, injury or illness.
QualificationsEntrants require a recognised graduate or postgraduate degree that encompasses both theory and clinical practice. Successful completion of these courses leads to eligibility for a certificate to practice and membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Full membership is granted after completion of a year of supervised, post-qualifying experience.
- assesses, tests and diagnoses a client’s condition;
- designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment;
- treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients or through the use of artificial communication devices;
- attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists;
- counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient’s disability;
- writes reports and maintains client caseloads.
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