Role of the Speech and Language Therapist

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A speech and language therapist provides services to children and adults of all ages with communication and feeding or swallowing difficulties. Services include giving advice, assessment, diagnosis, intervention and training. Speech and language therapists work with people who have:

 Pic 2 Communication difficulties – find it hard to speak with people
 Pic 3 Speech delays or disorders – incorrect speech sounds
 Pic 4 Difficulty understanding what is said

Difficulty asking for things

Difficulty expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences

 Pic 5 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) provides different ways of communicating when a person has difficulty using speech. AAC includes the use of objects, pictures, sign language, communication books as well as the use of electronic devices.
 Pic 6 Difficulty paying attention, remembering, organising and solving problem that make it difficult for people to communicate.
 Pic 7 Voice disorders – unusual vocal quality or pitch, hoarseness,
 Pic 8 Speech fluency problems – Stammers
 Pic 9 Feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing disorders (FEDS)


The Speech and Language Therapy Department aims to provide a quality, evidence based service that is person-centred and family-focused. The service is delivered as part of multidisciplinary teams across a variety of settings throughout Galway city and county.

The aim of the speech and language therapy department is in line with the vision of the Brothers of Charity Services Galway. Each SLT aims to facilitate each person:

  •  to communicate to the best of their ability,
  •  to support people to make choices,
  •  to support people to be closely connected to friends and family,
  •  to maintain safety while feeding, eating, or drinking
  •  to help everyone to have the best possible quality of life.



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Pic 11     Springtime Early Intervention Services:

Services to young children from birth to six years of age are provided in interdisciplinary teams and delivered across Galway city and county. The teams work closely with families, pre-schools and schools. The SLT aims to promote early communication, speech and language skills and safe feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing skills. Intervention can involve indirect therapy when we work with parents and staff or direct therapy when we work with the child. Direct therapy may be through individual or group sessions.


Pic 12   School Age Services:

Services to children of school going age are provided as part of multidisciplinary teams. These services are delivered in a variety of locations, including mainstream or special schools, clinic bases and the home environment. Programmes and recommendations are made as part of the team input in consultation with family and school.



Pic 13  Adult Services:

When a communication related issue or a feeding, eating, drinking or swallowing issue is identified in an adult service user, they can be referred for speech and language therapy by the person who uses the service, a family member or a member of staff. Each person is individually assessed and recommendations made accordingly. Speech and language therapy can be carried out in one-to-one or group-based sessions or through staff / family education and training.


 where do we work?

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  How do we work?

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for further information contact


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Contact Details

Margaret McCormack – Head of Speech and Language Therapy,

Brothers of Charity Services Ireland – Galway Region,

Woodlands Centre,



Tel: 091-721413




Useful contact numbers:

Location Phone
Springtime Early Intervention Services – Mary Derrig 091 872762
School-Age Team – The Gables, Woodlands 076 1064377
Adults Services – Galway East 076 1064313
Adults Services – Galway West 091 721438


Useful links:

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

American Speech, Language and Hearing Association

Children’s speech and language development:        

Reading development and reading difficulties:                           

Stammering: Irish Stammering Association



Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Ireland

Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People

Supporting people with Down ’s Syndrome

Voices for Down Syndrome Galway

Complaints Management Policy (2003-06 reviewed 2015) (1)

Research Projects involving the Speech and Language Therapy Department:  None at present.

Please refer back to the website for further general information on the Brothers of Charity Galway Services, including information on Advocacy and Human Rights.