Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy from Psychology Associates

‘Communication lies at the very core of human dignity’
(Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

What do Speech and Language Therapists do?

Speech and Language Therapists help people of all ages with speech, language and communication problems. They can also help people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. These problems can be caused by physical or learning disabilities, mental health issues, developmental delays or disorders, illnesses and injuries.

Speech and Language Therapists typically work with parents, teachers, care staff, nurses and doctors in a variety of settings including:

  • Education
  • Justice
  • Children’s services
  • Hospitals and clinics

What is Speech, Language and Communication?

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists defines the terms speech, language and communication as follows:

Speech refers to:

  • saying sounds accurately and in the right places in words;
  • speaking fluently, without hesitation, prolonging or repeating words or sounds;
  • speaking with expression in a clear voice, using pitch, volume and intonation to add meaning to what is said.

Language refers to:

  • understanding and making sense of what people say;
  • using words to build up sentences which are used in longer stretches of spoken language and to build conversations;
  • putting information in the right order to make sense.

Communication refers to:

  • being able to communicate to people and take turns as well as change language/communication to suit the situation i.e. how we socially interact with others;
  • non-verbal communication e.g. eye contact, gestures and facial expressions;
  • being able to consider another person’s perspective, intentions and the wider context of the communication.

Dr Val Brooks


Consultant Speech and Language Therapist: SEMH
(Social, Emotional & Mental Health needs) 

Val Brooks is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and part of the multidisciplinary team at Psychology Associates who specialises in the assessment of children and young people presenting with a wide range of social, emotional and mental health needs. These children and young people frequently display distressing and/or disruptive behaviours. This can be in education, at home or across all settings. They may exhibit a high degree of social anxiety that can be accompanied by self-harming. Many of these children and young people have unrecognised language and communication needs, most notably Developmental Language Disorders (DLD) and pragmatic (social) language difficulties. 

Val is experienced in providing a range of services to parents, carers, school and education staff, fellow health care professionals and other professional groups. These services include:

Meet with parents, carers, professionals for verbal discussion of the possible language/communication difficulties of children and young people

Language assessments including for children and young people presenting with complex developmental trauma, Attachment difficulties, mental health needs

This may include advice and recommendations to the young person, parents, carers, professionals. Val is also qualified in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Children aged 5 – 12 years and how this can be used within SALT.

To professionals, parents, carers on a variety of topics.

Val has experience of speaking at local, national and international conferences on subjects relating to language development, social and emotional development, language and complex developmental trauma, educational exclusion and youth justice


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