The Speech Clinic
- The Speech Clinic is an independent provider of Speech and Language Therapy services to children and adults. We have clinics in Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol, and provide home and school visits from West Wales to South West England.
The Speech Clinic was established in 2007 in order to meet the need for additional Speech and Language Therapy provision working alongside NHS services.
We work with individual clients and their families, as well as schools, colleges and care homes. The Speech Clinic provides a range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, therapy and producing written reports/intervention programs. We also provide training for staff and carer groups working with children and adults with communication difficulties.
The clinic employs Speech and Language Therapists from a range of backgrounds with various skills and specialisms, including a fluent Welsh-speaking therapist. We are able to provide assessment and therapy for patients with speech/language delay, learning disability/autism spectrum disorder, acquired/traumatic brain injury, stammer, voice impairment, post-stroke and dementia/Parkinson’s disease.
All new patients are assessed and then goals are set which target areas of deficit. Goals are reviewed and updated every seventh session so that progress is continuous and sustainable. Small homework activities are provided after every session so that skills are generalised outside of the clinic environment. Where possible, we liaise closely with our NHS colleagues to provide a seamless transition between NHS and independent services.
At The Speech Clinic, we enjoy working closely with our individual clients and their families, as well as working to provide training to wider groups of carers, including nursery staff, teachers, learning support assistants and care assistants. We provide lecture-based training, as well as coaching sessions in which the therapist works alongside the teacher to apply strategies within real-life scenarios.
Our Speech and Language Therapists have post-graduate training in a variety of techniques, including Intensive Interaction, Signalong/Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Talking Mats, Symbol UK Down Syndrome training techniques, SCERTS, POPAT, Colourful Semantics, Michael Palin Stammering Centre techniques and management of selective mutism.
We are delighted to talk to new families and establishments about the services we may be able to offer.
New website launched
Celebrated our 10th Birthday
Featured on BBC Children in Need
Treated our 1,000th patient
Opened first clinic in Cardiff
Opened first clinic in Swansea
The Speech Clinic founded
My son attended Speech and Language Therapy sessions which improved his words and sentences. I would recommend The Speech Clinic.
Since starting sessions at The Speech Clinic, I feel that my sessions with the therapist have greatly increased my confidence in my speech. I have developed speech strategies which I can use to enhance the clarity of my speech in both social and professional situations. My general confidence in terms of my communication, I feel has greatly increased, and I am more able to identify where improvement is still needed. My therapist, is an excellent Speech and Language Therapist, with whom I have built a good rapport since I started attending The Speech Clinic. I cannot recommend The Speech Clinic highly enough.
The Therapist has been working with Joan for the last 9 months or so. She has been amazing; she is so patient, positive and encouraging in all her sessions. When the Therapist first came to see Joan 6 months after she had a massive stroke, the only words she could say at this point were “Oh my God” and “Hello” (automatic speech). Her standard conversation consisted of “Duh, duh, duh” and her nonverbal communication skills were not good. The Therapist has worked on basic sounds and on words that are important to Joan. Although Joan will never have the fluency to have a high-level conversation again, she now has 40 or so words and short phrases that she can say with about 90% accuracy and continues to improve. Joan’s confidence in communicating has grown and, thanks to the Therapist putting a communication book together for her, her nonverbal communication ability has grown dramatically. She manages to get simple requests or needs across very well by using a mixture gestures, words and her communication book. Although abstract or more complicated conversation can be trickier, she is prepared to put the effort required into making herself understood and mostly achieves this. We are very grateful to the Therapist, for enabling Joan to come this far and to continue in her progress.