Speech Therapist in Dubai
What does a Speech Language Therapist do?
Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) are highly trained professionals who assess and treat children and adults who are having difficulties with speech or language, as well as problems with communication, eating, drinking, and swallowing.
As part of an allied healthcare team, SLTs work together with doctors, nurses, and other therapists to diagnose problems and develop treatment plans accordingly. They also conduct a variety of tests to identify neurological issues that may be hindering speech or language. A speech therapist in Dubai helps people suffering from a cognitive-communication disorder, which impedes a person from performing any communication skills that requires memory, perception, attention, organization or problem solving.
Here at Dubai Community Health Centre, we have certified and licensed experts in Speech and Language Therapy that provide evaluation and treatment to both children and adults.
How can our Speech Language Therapists help you?
Our speech therapist in Dubai provides evaluations and remediation of a variety of disorders and/or delays. Some include:
- Articulation – the manner an individual says or expresses sounds
- Phonology – the pattern of speech an individual uses
- Apraxia – difficulty planning and coordinating the necessary movements for making sounds
- Fluency – Stuttering
- Voice – Issues with the way a voice comes out, or sounds (e.g., hoarseness)
- Receptive Language – difficulties in understanding language
- Expressive Language – difficulties in using language
- Pragmatic Language – difficulties in speaking to other people (social communication)
- Deafness or hearing loss – Loss of hearing or hearing impairment; therapy includes developing lip-reading and/or alternative communication systems
- Oral and Motor Disorder – Weak oral muscles (tongue or lips); oral sensitivity
- Swallowing/Feeding Disorders – Difficulty in chewing and/or swallowing
- Childhood Autism/High Functioning Autism/ Spectrum disorders
- Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Injury/Trauma
- Cleft lip and/Palate
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How often should the speech and language therapy sessions take place?
There are several factors that determine how often a child or adult should have speech and language therapy sessions including:
- Age of child/adult
- Severity of the speech/language delay/communication disorder
- Type of speech/language delay/communication disorder
- Any concomitant issues/disorders
- Availability of free slots with the concerned therapist
How long will the sessions be?
The duration of the sessions is dependent on the factors mentioned above. Therapy sessions usually last between 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time. For infants and toddlers (below 2 years), and with the permission of the parents, the length of therapy may be reduced to 30 minutes, with an increased frequency of 4 to 5 days every week.
What are the type of sessions that can be provided for children?
The mode of therapy your child receives is also dependent on the factors cited above. Children typically receive speech therapy through the following methods:
- Individual therapy sessions: The child receives a one-on-one therapy with an SLT and no other children are there. This is a common practice for early intervention.
- Group therapy sessions: The child receives therapy in a small group setting, with 3 to 5 kids of the same /similar age group/functioning level.
Where will the therapy take place for children?
This depends on the setting of the services.
- Early intervention: The therapist may conduct the sessions in your home or at the centre
- In schools: Therapy will most likely be on the school campus/nursery, either in the SLT’s office/room or your child’s classroom