Speech And Language Therapy



Speech and Language Therapists deal with all aspects of communication and .Generally,
where a person has good communication skills, the various aspects of communication
are forgotten. In reality communication is a complex process which can break down at
any point in the chain.Some of the skills communication requires are:


.  Ability to understand non-verbal cues (gesture, facial expression, eye contact etc)
.  An understanding that the rules of communication change depending on who you
   are with and where you are
.  Understanding of spoken language/sign language/written language
   (and the ability to hear or see this)
.  Ability to interpret the way something is said (intonation)
.  Understanding of the meaning of single words
.  Understanding of concepts (colour, shape etc)
.  Understanding of grammar, and how the order of words changes meaning
.  Ability to make words through using speech sounds which are understandable
   by others (or to sign these words instead,
   or use a communication aid to speak for you)
.  Ability to correctly sequence speech sounds if using spoken language
.  Ability to use grammar to create sentences
.  Ability to use intonation patterns in speech to convey meaning.
.  Ability to use non-verbal cues to convey meaning
.  Sufficient memory skills to monitor all these areas and interpret these various
   information streams as one whole message.
Linda Robinson
Independent Speech
and Language
Therapist

MR CSLT
MASLTIP
HPC Registered
B.Sc
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