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speech-therapy-in-calicutSpeech and language therapists assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages. They help people to become independent communicators using speech, gesture and/or communication aids as needed. They also work with people who have eating, drinking, chewing and swallowing difficulties. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team and have close links with teachers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and other health professionals. We work in hospital and community settings; on inpatient wards, in outpatient clinics, schools, health centres and clients' homes.

The scope of the problem

In India:


  • A large proportion of children and adults have speech and language disorders, which may be associated with adverse, long-term outcomes that impact on individuals, families, and communities
  • 5% of children enter school with difficulties in speech and language.
  • 30% of people who have had a cerebrovascular accident have a persisting speech and language disorder.

Typical patients seen by speech and language therapists

These include:


  • who have problems with feeding and/or swallowing.

Children with:

  • Learning difficulty
  • Physical disability
  • Language delay
  • Difficulties in sound production
  • Hearing problems
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective mutism

Adults with:

  • Eating, swallowing and/or communication problems following stroke.
  • Neurological impairment or degenerative conditions such as head injury, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease and dementia.
  • Cancer of the head, neck or throat (including laryngectomy).
  • Voice problems.
  • Mental health problems.
  • Learning difficulty.
  • Physical disability.
  • Stammering.
  • Hearing problems.
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