Speech and language therapists


Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, fluency and voice disorders caused by disability, injury or illness.


  • Assesses, tests and diagnoses a client’s condition
  • Designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment
  • Treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients or through the use of artificial communication devices
  • Attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists
  • Counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient’s disability
  • Writes reports and maintains client caseloads.

Entry Requirements

Entrants require a recognised graduate or postgraduate degree that encompasses both theory and clinical practice. Successful completion of these courses leads to eligibility for a certificate to practice and membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Full membership is granted after completion of a year of supervised, post-qualifying experience.

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