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Speech and Language Therapy – Northern Trust Area

Contact Information

Address
Ballymoney Health Centre, 21b Newal Road, Ballymoney, Antrim
Postcode
BT53 6HB View Location on Map >
Contact Person
Gillian Montgomery, Head of Speech and Language Therapy and Associated Services
Telephone Number
028 2531 7184
Email Address
gillian.montgomery@northerntrust.hscni.net
Web Address
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Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

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Main Services Provided

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are the leading experts and lead on the assessment, differential diagnosis, intervention with and management of individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders. SLTs aim to help each individual achieve their optimum level of communication. They work closely with families/carers and other professionals. SLTs have a leading role in training others to support people with communication difficulties and in developing environments which support good communication.
What do SLTs do?
The role of the Speech and Language Therapist (SLT)
The Speech and Language Therapist works with children and adults who have communication and/or eating or drinking difficulties. This includes: -
Spending time talking to families and carers to find out the specific communication needs of their family member and the impact of the communication difficulty on everyday life
Assessing the individual’s communication ability. This assessment may occur in a variety of settings, for example, at home, clinic or school
Deciding if therapy/support is appropriate at this time and discussing these decisions with the individual and his/her family
Where therapy/support is appropriate, working jointly with the individual and where appropriate, family and carers to devise agreed goals and discussing who is best to deliver this support
Working with other professionals and members of the multidisciplinary team involved in an individual’s care.
Introducing other modes of communication, for example, the use of objects, pictures and signing, communication aids, if appropriate
Providing family and carers with the skills they need to support the family member’s communication.
Evaluating the outcome of the intervention programme to determine if speech and language therapy has made a difference and if further therapy is required
Speech and Language Therapy support may include:
Advice and information
Training for family/carers
Group therapy
Individual therapy
Home/school programmes supporting the individual
Training of other professionals
For children and adults experiencing difficulties with eating, drinking or feeding (dysphagia) the SLT will support them by:
Carrying out a detailed assessment of his/her eating, drinking and swallowing skills at home and where appropriate other settings, for example, school/nursing home
Offering guidance to ensure safe eating and drinking, using appropriate strategies that promote safe and adequate nutritional support
Working with other members of the multidisciplinary team involved
Who do SLTs support?
Speech and Language Therapists work with:
Babies with feeding and swallowing difficulties
Children with:
Mild, moderate and severe learning difficulties
Physical difficulties
Language delay
Specific language impairment
Specific difficulties in producing sounds
Hearing impairment
Cleft palate
Stammering
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Voice disorders
Adults with:
Communication or eating and swallowing disorders following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions including stroke, head injury and Parkinson’s Disease
Head, neck or throat cancer
Voice problems
Learning difficulties
Stammering
Where do SLTs work?
Speech and Language Therapy Services are provided in:
• Community clinics
• Hospital wards
• Outpatient departments
• Special schools and units
• Adult centres
• Nursing and residential homes
• Day centres
• Child development centres
• Sure Start Schemes and Larne Parental Project
• Community Rehabilitation and Stroke Services
• Clients’ homes
Contact details:
Gillian Montgomery
Head of Speech and Language Therapy and Associated Services
Pinewood Offices
101 Frys Road
Ballymena
BT43 7EN
Telephone: (028) 2531 7184
Email: gillian.montgomery@northerntrust.hscni.net

Organisation Type
  • Health & Social Care
Main Age Groups
  • All Ages
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
Family Support Services Categories
  • Speech and Language Therapy
Main Category of Services
  • Health Service
  • Speech Therapy

Areas covered

  • Antrim
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Carrickfergus
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Larne
  • Magherafelt
  • Moyle
  • Newtownabbey

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Speech and Language Therapy – Northern Trust Area

  • Speech and Language Therapy – Northern Trust Area