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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Job

Specialist speech and language therapists (speech-language pathologists) have additional expert training to work with a particular age group, impairment or communication disorder. They undertake special post-graduate training.

New training package (Dec 2017)

FREE training pack (with audio)

Prolonged Speech Pack (Overview)

A THERAPY RESOURCE to assist with the teaching and learning of Prolonged Speech to reduce stuttering. Includes a guidebook, printable worksheets and audio files.

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Speech

Speech development, speech disorders, phonetics, phonology, articulation, speech perception...and much more!

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Language development, acquisition, verbal language, syntxx, morphology, pragmatics...and more!

Communication

The communication chain, conversation, body language, communication disorders...etc...etc

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Voice development, voice disorders, voice care for adults and children, how to improve vocal habits, voice assessment and measurement...and so much more!

Stuttering

Eight preset style variations to choose, each with configurable options.

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Easy to read human speech, language and communication needs articles written in Plain English. Includes free printable PDF files for use by clinicians, parents, carers, teachers...etc.

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Relaxation Audio (optional)

ssv relaxation audio

Experience has shown that some form of guided relaxation can be helpful for people with functional dysphonia, especially if practiced regularly. It is, therefore, recommended that clients be given access to an audio file (e.g. CD, downloadable MP3, relaxation app, YouTube link) that they can use on their own at a time and place that […]

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Lifestyle and Vocal Behaviors

ssv lifestyle and vocal behaviors

Instructions This section focuses on vocal misuse and abuse. However, it is recommended that these terms are not used with clients. The terms misuse and abuse may have derogatory connotations and may be interpreted as inferring that a client’s vocal behaviors are in some way willful/intentional. Consequently, to aid positive engagement with the concepts, it […]

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Breathing Exercises

ssv breathing exercises

Instructions Now that the clients have had some practice at abdominal breathing in the standing position, the subsequent exercises can be carried out sitting. Sitting position Two sets of exercises are presented. Before carrying out the exercises, however, help the clients adopt an appropriate, well-supported but relaxed sitting position. To illustrate the appropriate relaxed posture, […]

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Abdominal Breathing

ssv abdominal breathing

Instructions Clients should be encouraged to “breathe a little lower, towards the tummy” and a standard explanation of how to implement abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing should be presented. Note that, as clients breathe in, it is helpful to encourage them to yawn gently. This is not an aggressive yawn but a gentle, relaxed yawn such as when […]

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Respiratory System

ssv respiratory system

Instructions In preparation for introducing the Abdominal Breathing technique, it is often helpful to give a brief overview of the anatomy of breathing, focusing on how the tummy moves out as we breathe in, and how the tummy moves in as we breathe out. Diagrams to assist understanding of the respiratory system are provided. These […]

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Stopping Throat Clearing

ssv stopping throat clearing

Instructions A method of breaking the cycle of coughing/throat clearing → tingly/sore/tight sensations → coughing/throat clearing → etc. → etc. is presented in terms of three staged actions. Repetitive cycle All three steps should be introduced, demonstrated and practiced in turn, so that each client understands how to implement each step should this be necessary. Each client should be […]

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HUMAN COMMUNICATION 101

Human Communication 101 is a series of introductory texts providing high quality information on selected aspects of human communication, with particular emphasis on speech, language and communication needs.

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The Causes of Stuttering

The causes of stuttering are unknown but neurological development, parental reaction, trauma and a predisposition to stuttering have all been suggested.