What is a speech and language therapist?

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are professionals who specialise in the assessment and management of speech, language and swallowing difficulties.

How do I know if I need to see a Speech and Language therapist?

If you have experienced changes in the sound of your speech (e.g. slurring or a quiet voice), language (e.g. word finding difficulties or difficulty understanding conversations) or swallowing (e.g. recurrent chest infections or coughing, choking or spluttering on foods and drinks) it may be beneficial to be assessed by a speech and language therapist.

Do you provide speech and language therapy services to children?

We only provide speech and language therapy services to adults at this time.

How do I get referred to Speech and Language Dublin?

We take referrals from clients themselves, relatives, doctors etc. as long as the client has given their consent we are happy to provide our services. In order to make a referral you can contact us by phone, email or using the “contact us” page on this website.

What should I expect at a speech and language therapy initial assessment?

Your initial visit from your speech and language therapist will begin by discussing your concerns regarding your communication and swallow. Your speech and language therapist will then carry out an assessment of the swallow (assessment of the muscles of the mouth and throat and trial of different food and fluid consistencies) and/or communication (informal and formal assessment of speech and language). Your speech and language therapist will then discuss the findings of the assessment with you and your loved ones and develop a management plan.

How do I know that my speech and language therapist is fully qualified?

All speech and language therapists working in the Republic of Ireland are required to be CORU registered. You can check the registration status of your speech and language therapist here. It is also best practice to be a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT).

How often are therapy sessions and how many are necessary?

The number of speech and language therapy sessions necessary will be determined by the nature and complexity of the swallowing/communication difficulty and the progress made over time. After your initial assessment you can develop a management plan with your speech and language therapist based on your own goals and requirements.

Is speech and language therapy covered by health insurance?

Some insurance policies cover private speech and language therapy. We advise that you contact your insurance provider to check whether these services are covered by your policy. Receipts will be provided by email following each speech and language therapy session.

What is your payment procedure?

Fees are payable in full on the day of the speech and language therapy session. Cash and card payment methods are accepted by Speech and Language Dublin. Unfortunately, we do not currently accept cheques. Receipts will be provided via email following your session.

What is your cancelation procedure?

  • Cancellation 2 working days before appointment: no charge
  • Cancellation within 2 working days of appointment: 50% of fee due

Do you have a data protection policy?

Here at Speech and Language Dublin we take data protection very seriously. Our data protection policy is available here. We will ask you to review our data protection policy online prior to your initial assessment or we will have a copy available for you at the time of the initial assessment. We will also ask you to sign a consent form allowing Speech and Language Dublin to obtain and store your data as described in the policy.

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment and management of the oropharyngeal dysphagia. This refers to difficulties swallowing that occur in the mouth and throat.

What is aspiration?

Aspiration is the medical term used for when food or drinks “go down the wrong way”. It refers to when food or fluids enter the airway instead of the food pipe and pass below the level of the vocal cords. This means that the person is at risk of getting a chest infection. The medical term for this is “aspiration pneumonia”.

What is dysarthria?

Dysarthria is the term used for when there are changes in how our speech sounds as a result of weakness in or difficulty controlling the muscles we use to speak. This can be caused as a result of stroke, brain injury, progressive neurological conditions, head and neck surgery etc.

What is dysphasia?

Dysphasia is the medical term given to the language impairment that can occur as a result of a stroke or injury to the brain. It can affect how we can understand and express ourselves in spoken and written communication e.g. speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What is a cognitive communication disorder?

Cognitive communication disorder is a term that refers to changes in our communication as a result of changes in cognition (memory, attention, organisation, information processing, reasoning etc). It can occur as a result of dementia/Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury, progressive neurological conditions or any change in cognition. It can result in difficulty processing complex language or paying attention to language, difficulty explaining your point of view, difficulty thinking of words, difficulty structuring what you want to say, difficulty inferencing, changes in social skills etc.