Speech & Language Pathology
Speech & Language Pathology Department
Speech & Language Pathologists (SLP) focus on the Assessment and Management of Speech, Language, Communication, and Feeding and Swallowing difficulties. A team of professionals work together to help children to achieve their fullest potential.
Our team of SLPs hold post graduation degrees from renowned universities. Most of them hold certifications like Hanen, Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Neuro Developmental Therapy (NDT), VitalStim, Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) . They are also trained in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).
The Speech and Language Pathology Department carries out routine initial screening to assess the current status of a client’s speech, language, cognitive-communication, and feeding and swallowing skills prior to intervention. The SLPs provide therapy services for articulation, language and literacy, social communication, and dysphagia. We also provide intervention through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) by using high tech and low tech devices for clients who have problems with speech intelligibility and for clients with complex communication needs. Our caseload includes a wide range of clients with Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders and clients with feeding and swallowing difficulties. Depending on the client’s needs, speech therapy can be provided on an individual, group and classroom basis SLPs work closely with teachers to ensure the clients benefit maximally . In addition, we carry out hearing screening for our clients in our Audiology Clinic whenever necessary.
Speech therapy services are offered to different programmes like
- Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (6 months to 6 years)
- CPAS Special School (7 to 18 years)
- Out-patient therapy services
Speech and Language Pathology department conducts a “Feeding & Swallowing Clinic” once in a month on consultation basis. The clients with feeding and/or swallowing issues from the CPAS Special School, Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children EIPIC, DAC, GROW and Out-Patient clients will be referred the clinic. The main focus of this clinic is to evaluate and manage feeding and swallowing issues. It also facilitates active participation among parents, caregivers & teachers in order to improve the quality of life of the clients.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation:
We provide therapeutic intervention for the treatment of dysphagia through Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) via VitalStim. It is an intervention that is non-invasive and uses external neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy that re-educates the throat muscles needed for swallowing. Speech and Language Pathology Department conducts specialised VitalStim therapy after selecting suitable clients enrolled in various CPAS programmes, based on appropriate referrals from other professionals involving in these programmes.
Parent/ Caregiver Training
The Speech and Language Pathology department conducts various training programmes regularly for parents, caregivers, teachers and foreign domestic workers on communication, feeding/swallowing and oro-motor techniques.
These include special workshops such as Foundation skills in handling children with communication and language issues, Foundation skills in handling children with eating, drinking and swallowing issues, as well as Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk and Hanen- More Than Words .
The caregiver trainings are supported and funded by AIC. The department also organise trainings like Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions Courses (MORE) for allied health professionals . All trainers are recognised by AIC.
Advocacy and Outreach
Speech and Language Pathology department commemorates Speech Therapy Week every year in the first week of November to create and promote awareness among the public about the role of SLPs in the management of communication, speech, language, literacy and swallowing disorders. The department also organise open houses, public talks and other activities in conjunction with this event. It also encourages visits from local, regional and international communities by both professionals and non-professionals alike. .
SLPs at the department are recognised clinical educators by the National Education Association Singapore. The department also welcomes students on SLP programmes from local, regional and international education institutes for clinical placements.