What is a speech therapist and who can they help?
Did you know that speech therapists can treat over twenty different disorders and work with newborns too? If you are interested in learning more about this field, stay tuned for the new introductory guide we are launching. It provides an overview of the key aspects of speech therapy through the lens of a range of disciplines.
In it you will find general information on the discipline, areas of specialization, news, legislation, campaigns to publicize the profession and gender-related content.
The guide was drawn up jointly by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Library. As Alfonso Igualada, director of the Joint Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Language Therapy (UVic-UCC, UOC), explained, the aim is "to increase the visibility of the different areas of speech therapy through a selection of resources reviewed by university teaching staff".
The first section of the guide explains what is understood by speech therapy, what disorders it can treat, its areas of intervention and the professional competencies of therapists.
The resources are intended to familiarize readers with the profession, which includes aspects of biology, psychology, linguistics and teaching and works in direct contact with social, education and health experts.
The guide also covers current regulations, the legal basis that allows speech therapists to practice and make decisions, and other social and community-based aspects.
The guide contains dissemination campaigns to increase the profession's visibility, with testimonies from real patients with a variety of disorders (speech, swallowing, communication, etc.) whose lives have improved thanks to speech therapy. One example is the case of a little girl with a language disorder who was able to develop her communication skills.
The guide also introduces readers to content on disorders treated by speech therapists from the gender perspective. A case in point is featured in an e-book in which fifteen girls with autism describe their personal experiences to help other women with communication disorders.
This section also includes resources on speech therapists and gender, such as an article on outstanding women in the field.
For a more in-depth look at the discipline, we have compiled six e-books published by Editorial UOC on language difficulties and voice disorders.
This subject guide will be updated and extended with new content over time. You will shortly be able to consult information on speech therapy and language development and reading disorders, augmentative communication systems, telepractice and prematurity.