Speech Therapy Station Ltd Speech and language therapist
in Horsham, Crawley and West Sussex
for speech, language and swallowing disorders

Speech and language therapy, and swallowing therapy for adults in Horsham, West Sussex

Offering speech and language therapy and swallowing therapy to adults in the comfort of their own home or nursing home. Specialist services are available for adults in Horsham, Crawley and the local West Sussex area. This is an individual, professional and confidential service working with adults, their families and carers who are experiencing problems with:

  • Swallowing
  • Coughing and choking
  • Saliva management
  • Slurred speech
  • Low volume speech
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Jumbled sounds
  • Communication
  • Conversations or reading
  • Speaking or writing

  • Services offered

    Individual Sessions
    The therapist provides specialist assessment, treatment and advice to adults with acquired difficulties to their communication, language and swallowing, and their family or care professionals. Individualised help is provided for people with neurological conditions including Parkinson's, Stroke and Dementia.

    Skype Telehealth Sessions
    Sessions can also be held remotely online using Skype if this suits your therapy and lifestyle needs. Telehealth sessions via Skype work particularly well for adults who have a stammer, also known as stutter. Telehealth also offers the advantage of more frequent sessions without the mileage charge. Skype sessions can also be held throughout the UK and are therefore not confined to adult clients in the Horsham, Crawley or West Sussex area.

    Training is available in residential and nursing homes throughout West Sussex. Training can be adapted to suit the needs of your staff and client group. Training is carried out by the therapist and can include adult speech therapy, language and communication therapy and swallowing disorder. Training will also include oral care, positioning and environmental management for swallowing disorders, while language and communication training will concentrate on the conversation partner, communication aids and questioning techniques that facilitate clients to make their own choices. Training is available throughout West Sussex. Please use the contact details to arrange training in Surrey, East Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

    What do speech and language therapists do?

    Sometimes referred to as SLTs or SALT, members of this branch of allied health professionals must legally be registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in order to practice.

    Therapists provide treatment and support to help improve quality of life for people with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing disorder. SLTs see people with swallowing difficulties because many of the muscles and nerves used to speak are used during the swallowing process.

    Specialist skills are used to provide tailored support for individuals whilst working closely with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

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    What does your diagnosis mean?

    Swallowing disorders are diagnosed as dysphagia. This means a difficulty with the process of swallowing including oral preparatory, oral transit, pharyngeal and oesophageal phases of swallow. Speech and language therapists can offer assistance with the first three phases.
    Swallowing problems can be very distressing for you and your family/carers and may lead to chest infections, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, unintentional weight loss and other complications. These difficulties may stay the same, get worse or improve.
    Alternative feeding – being fed through a tube, is also a topic I can discuss with you and your family to see if this might suit you and your circumstances.

    It is estimated that 30 million people in Europe have dysphagia.

    Speech difficulty caused by muscle weakness in the face and breathing systems. Symptoms may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Quiet speaking volume
  • Slow speech
  • Strained or hoarse voice
  • Breathiness
  • Swallowing problems
  • Reduced salvia control

    Between 30-80% of people with a progressive neurological disorder (including Parkinson’s) and 50% of people who have had a stroke are thought to develop dysarthria.

    Voice disorder that causes a difficulty speaking. People can be affected by voice disorders for many different reasons including structural and neurological changes, over use, stress, anxiety, and trauma. You may notice:

  • Difficulty making speech sounds
  • Changes to speech sounds made
  • High or low pitch
  • Nasal qualities
  • Altered breathing pattern
  • Tension
  • Pain
  • Swelling

    You may be at increased risk of a voice disorder if you are female, use your voice a lot, suffer with reflux and smoke. Professions such as teaching have increased voice use and 20% of teachers have reported voice problems during the teaching year.

    Is a difficulty with one or more forms of communication. Also sometimes called dysphasia (not to be confused with dysphagia the swallow problem.)

    Receptive aphasia
    Means difficulty understanding information that is received. We receive information by hearing it and seeing it. This includes reading, pictures, numbers and gestures. This may be caused by a stroke or by traumatic brain injury.

    Expressive aphasia
    Means problems with expressing opinions, thoughts and information. We express ourselves using speech, writing, drawing and gestures. This may be caused by a stroke or by traumatic brain injury.
    In the UK there are 250,000 people with aphasia.

    Primary progressive aphasia
    A subtle language disorder that gets worse over time. This is associated with types of dementia and may first be noticed by difficulty thinking of the right word and forgetting people’s names or the meaning of complicated words.

    A difficulty with the motor planning of speech (also called apraxia). Motor planning of other muscles in the body may also be affected. You may notice difficulty saying recognisable words, problems when copying sounds or movements or a different accent.

  • Director Kate Beckett

    MSc Speech and Language Therapy
    BSc Nursing

    Contact me on 07725 972793 or info@speechtherapystation.com

    PO Box 1000, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 9RL

    Adult Speech Therapy Horsham, Crawley and West Sussex

    I am a specialist speech and language therapist available to visit adult clients in their homes or nursing homes to assess and treat swallowing disorders, speech and language disorders. This service is available to adult clients only, and operates in Horsham, Crawley or West Sussex.

    8 March 2017

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