Speech and Language

Speech and Language Therapy Services

A team of Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants are based at Hedleys Horizons at Forest Hall, and work across day and residential services.

The team has highly specialist skills in working with people with dysphagia (eating, drinking swallowing difficulties) and communication needs associated with their disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorders, multiple and profound learning disabilities, acquired disorders such as dementia, acquired brain injuries.

We work within a multi-disciplinary approach, including internal disciplines and outside agency, to support individuals in a holistic, person- centred approach.

We have a total communication philosophy across all environments, and provide specialist intervention including supporting the use of a range of Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCA’s) and low-tech symbol systems, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), manual signing (Makaton and BSL), Intensive Interaction, and sensory based activities, including running Tac Pac groups, sensory sessions in the kitchen.

Communication therapy is integrated into music, rebound, and iMuse sessions. Individuals are provided with thorough specialist assessments, individual goals and targets; therapy input is provided on an individual or group setting or therapy programmes may be provided with advice for staff to follow.

Staff training sessions are delivered to ensure generalization of the highly specialist programmes.

Individuals with dysphagia receive a specialist assessment from dysphagia qualified therapists and meal management plan with regular monitoring. All support staff are trained in dysphagia by the SALT’s.

  • Check out blogs written by service users about the benefits of Speech and Language Therapy here.

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