PLEASE don’t call me a speech therapist!

October 23, 2017 by admin in Speech Therapist

written by Amanda Davis

For those of you who know me, you will know how much I dislike being called a ‘speech therapist’. If you didn’t know better (for no reason other than never having had exposure to our profession), you would be justified for thinking that we work with speech problems and speech problems only and in many cases, you might even think we work on accents! I can understand that view based on the term ‘speech therapist’. I used to get frustrated with people who, on hearing what I do for a living, would say ‘Oh no, now I have to watch how I speak!”.

To me, the term ‘speech therapist’ down plays the vast areas of spoken and written language, social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and swallowing that encompass our profession. Speech and LANGUAGE therapist is a much better description of what we do but I would go so far as to say that we are speech, language and communication therapists. The UK has a far greater understanding of our profession than countries such as South Africa where we are still referred to as speech therapists. This greater understanding opens the doors for us to work with many children who genuinely need our support but where we are called Speech Therapists, we struggle to get to the right children because of the misperception about what we do.

If your child has difficulties with any form of communication (not just speech!), you should consult a Speech and Language T

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herapist who will be able to guide you in the right direction. I have seen far too many families seeking the incorrect support for their child because they thought our profession only worked on speech. If you would like any more information in the UK please contact us at Words First Ltd or in South Africa please contact the Kids First Centre SA, 0763008509.