Speech and Language Department

Speech, language and communication needs are the most common type of special educational needs experienced by children age 4-11 years old. Approximately 20% of the population may experience difficulties with communication at some point in their lives.

The Speech and Language department at Mind Institute provides evidence based services that support children, young people and adults with a range of speech, language, communication or swallowing disorders. The team recognizes the challenges of communication disorders on not just the individual, but also the family and works hard to support everyone involved through a holistic, client-centered therapy approach. The team have vast experience in working in a range of settings and with many clients and tailor treatment to meet each individual’s own needs.

Our Speech and Language therapists offer treatment in the following areas:

The speech and language therapy department at Mind Institute can provide formal assessments and treatment for:

Speech Disorders:

  • Apraxia/Dyspraxia

  • Dysarthria

  • Speech sound Disorders / Articulation Disorders

  • Dysfluency disorders (stuttering / stammering and cluttering)

  • Voice Disorders

Language Disorders:

  • Preschool Language Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities (Reading, Spelling, and Writing)

  • Selective Mutism

  • Developmental Language Disorder (previously known as Specific Language Impairment)

  • Language delays

  • Aphasia

Medical and Developmental Disorders:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

  • Cleft Lip and Palate

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Global Developmental Delay

Communication Disorders:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Social-communication Disorders / Semantic Pragmatic Disorders

Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia)

  • Oral Apraxia

  • Drooling

  • Difficulties drinking

  • Difficulties with chewing food

  • Problems swallowing

Benefits of Speech and Language Therapy

  • Speech and language therapy is proven to have a range of benefits, including:

  • Improved attention and listening skills

  • Improved language skills

  • Improved speech production skills

  • Increased independence

  • Boost to confidence and self-esteem

  • Support for family and caregivers to understand the difficulties

  • Positive impact on play skills and interaction skills

  • Enhances learning potential

Evidence shows that early intervention has many positive outcomes but that it is never too late and the right treatment can transform an individual’s ability to communicate.


  • Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamental (4)

  • Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamental (5)

  • Preschool Language Scale 5

  • Toddler Phonology Test

  • Renfrew Language Scale (Action Picture Test)

  • Derbyshire Language Scheme

  • Bracken Basic Concept Scale (Receptive)

  • Visualizing and Verbalizing

  • South Tyneside Assessment of Syntactic Structure and Phonology STASS and STAP

  • Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme 3

  • Assessment of Comprehension

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