Children's speech and language therapist (or paediatric speech and language therapist)

What is the role of a children’s speech and language therapist?

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are health professionals. They are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Children’s speech and language therapists support children and young people, aged 0-19, who have difficulties with:

  • Speech production
  • Understanding and using spoken language
  • Communicating with others

Therapy aims to support development of the best possible communication skills, in light of the child or young person’s difficulties. For some children and young people this may be using speech and spoken language. Other youngsters can most effectively learn to communicate through a range of signs, symbols, and other communication aids.

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people in a range of settings. This includes clinics, pre-school or nursery, school and the home.

Speech and language therapists also work in health and social care with the adult population.

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