A Speech and Language Therapist is there to help with communication, eating and drinking and saliva control.
Communication can mean lots of things, including:
- Using eye contact, noises and movements to interact
- Using a signing system
- Using photos, pictures or symbols to communicate/enhance communication
- Using a high-tech device to generate speech
We can explore which of these enable you/your child to communicate to the fullest potential. We also work to help communication partners feel confident in their ability to communicate effectively with the individual with CP.
In order to improve abilities in communication, eating, drinking and saliva control, a Bobath trained speech and language therapist will not only consider a person’s specific oral motor ability but do this in the context of the individual’s posture, movement and alignment. Often they will do this together with the physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist.