What is Speech Language Therapy?
Speech and language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work closely with parents and other professionals, such as teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists and doctors.
Who is a Speech Language Therapist / Pathologist (SLT/P)?
A qualified SLP in India, will have a 4 year Bachelors and/or a 2 year Master’s degree in Speech language Pathology from a college recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India. A pediatric SLP will work with,
Infants: Premature infants and babies with conditions like cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and developmental delays who have difficulty in drinking, swallowing and early play and communication skills.
Children and Teenagers: SLTs support children with speech language difficulties, social skills issue, stuttering, pronunciation difficulties secondary to conditions like attention deficit, learning disability, Autism etc.
Where can I find a SLP?
SLPs work in hospitals, schools and private therapy clinics.
How do I start Speech Therapy?
You need to take your child to a SLP and get him/her assessed for the nature of the speech language difficulty. The SLP needs quality interaction time with the child to understand the needs of the child and based on her observations she will recommend the necessary steps.