Speech & Language Therapy
Our Speech and Language Therapists work with adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
We help people living in the New Forest, Totton & Waterside, Romsey, Hedge End and Bursledon, with their swallowing and communication difficulties caused by neurological conditions. After a GP referral, we see them 1:1 and we offer groups for Parkinson’s and people with communication impairments following stroke.
We won the SEHTA award for Partnership with the NHS in 2017, for running this service.
Our therapists have experience working in the fields of stroke rehabilitation, acquired brain injury and progressive neurological conditions as well as with children with neuro-developmental conditions and children and adults with learning difficulties.. They are members of the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in adults and children
- Aphasia/Dysphasia (speech difficulties - finding or understanding words)
- Motor speech disorders such as Dyspraxia or Dysarthria
- Facial weakness
- Cognitive communication difficulties
- Voice disorders
- Using technology to support communication and therapy, including advice regarding communication aids
We offer 1:1 and group treatment sessions as appropriate and can treat you at one of the Hobbs centres or in your own home.
We assess each patient to help identify specific individual needs, set therapy goals and create a tailor-made treatment programme.
Treatment may include:
- Exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination
- Sensory stimulation
- Volume and breath control exercises
- LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) for Parkinson's Disease
- Compensatory strategies to make your speech clearer
- Teleswallowing® as part of our contract with West Hampshire CCG
Strategies / practice to help:
- Word finding
- Supporting you to develop skills to make communicating with others easier
- Helping you to find a safe and acceptable way to manage your swallowing difficulties
- Exercises and treatments, if appropriate, to improve your swallow.
- We can train family members, friends, carers and teachers on how to support your swallowing and communicate effectively with you.
- We can give advice on communication aids, which may support your speech, if appropriate.
- We use computer-based therapy resources where appropriate to enhance your 1:1 treatment or to support your therapy at home
“ We would as a family, like to thank you both for all your help, enrouragement and patience. Your teaching aids and ideas have made a huge difference in our lives.
Stuart & Margaret Mitchell & family
Bell's Palsy Before and After Results