Speech and language therapists

Speech and language therapists - also known as SLT or SALT - assess and manage people's communication and swallowing difficulties, and provide direct communication/swallowing therapy when appropriate. They also provide support, training and information to carers and staff.

Communication difficulties can affect a person’s self-esteem, relationships, and educational or work attainment. Swallowing and eating and drinking difficulties can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration pneumonia and can also affect quality of life.

Speech and language therapy training programmes are university-based bachelor or masters degrees. They have to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in order to work in the UK.

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