Speech therapists work on smoothing out communication and swallowing difficulties in both children and adults.
Speech therapists can assist with speech, language, communication and fluency problems. They also help with augmentative or alternative communication where people who have trouble speaking communicate in other ways.
People with Sensory Processing Disorder or Auditory Processing Disorder can benefit from the support of speech therapists as they can help with understanding language, reading, writing and social skills. They can also help children with a development delay and learning difficulties in reaching milestones.
Additionally to this, speech therapists can also help with communication problems associated with stroke, brain injuries, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and dementia.
People with Down syndrome sometimes find it difficult to speak clearly and see a speech therapist to work on articulation.
Speech therapists often work alongside occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, audiologists, psychologists, doctors and teachers.