Independent Specialist Speech & Language Therapist in Scotland
It’s something I feel so strongly about – that communication has many functions (much more than just basic requesting). And my job as a Speech, Language (and Communication) Therapist is to help people find the most effective ways to be able to communicate as many of these things as possible. It can require a lot of creative thinking and putting yourself in the shoes of the person you are with.
It’s helping a teenager find a constructive way to say “No way” or “leave me alone” (also phrased age-appropriately – yes I have programmed swear words onto communication aids to the utter delight of the teen and horror of the parent).
It’s helping carers to “learn the unique language” of the non-verbal individual they support so they can really chat with them, rather than talk at them.
It’s allowing someone to make their own choice – even if it’s what we really didn’t want them to choose!
Communication: it’s not always easy or convenient, and we won’t always like the message we are hearing – but it’s a fundamental human right. Enabling and unlocking communication can truly change lives.