Speech and Language Therapy in the news this week

Date: 14th July 2014

Posted on: 14-07-2014

This week we take a look at how speech and language therapy related matters have popped up in the news around the UK.


New Welsh Makaton Resources

In Wales, new Welsh language packs have been developed by the Makaton charity and children’s TV producer Nia Ceidiog – Dwylo’r Enfys (Rainbow Hands), created by Ms Ceidiog, is an S4C show for young children. The article expressed that there was a lack of Welsh speaking speech and language therapists. ASLTIP has a list of 7 speech and language therapists who are members and list Welsh as one of the languages they speak http://helpwithtalking.com/directory/language/22


Spasmodic Dysphonia

One woman’s account of the diagnosis of spasmodic dysphonia in the weekend Guardian (http://gu.com/p/3hpjd) including the role of speech and language therapists in this process. Specialist speech and language therapists who work in the clinical area of voice and neurology, may also have a sub-speciality of working with clients with spasmodic dysphonia.



In the media this week there was talk on screening for dementia by using photos of famous faces. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23665502 This was a small study and looks at some elements of dementia for some people, particulary looking at primary progressive aphasia. Dementia can present in varied ways for people, and communication issues may be present. Speech and language therapists are often involved in the assessment and management with people with dementia including primary progressive aphasia.


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