Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

Speech and Language Therapy

  • Steven HarulowEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1610-2



Speech and language therapy is an evidence-based discipline that anticipates and responds to the needs of individuals who experience speech, language, communication, or swallowing difficulties. Speech and language therapy works in partnership with individuals and their families and with other professions and agencies to reduce the impact of these often isolating difficulties on well-being and the ability to participate in daily life (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists 2005).

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are the lead experts regarding communication and swallowing disorders. This does not mean that others do not work within these areas or that others do not have many skills that may overlap with or complement those of SLTs. Rather, SLTs, through their preregistration education, and later experience, have greater depth and breadth of knowledge and...

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References and Further Reading

  1. For more information, visit the RCSLT website: www.rcslt.org
  2. Marsh, K., Bertranou, E., Suominen, H., Venkatachalam, M. (2010). An economic evaluation of speech and language therapy: Final report. December 2010. Matrix Evidence.Google Scholar
  3. Royal College of Speech Therapists Language. (2005). Communicating quality (Vol. 3, pp. 2–28). London: RCSLT.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal College of Speech & Language TherapistsLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna C. Whittaker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK