Speech-Language Therapy is critical in the care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for various reasons, but one of the most important is that it allows people to express themselves and make their needs known, no matter how insignificant the expression may be.

Individuals with IDD frequently have their communication skills assessed by speech-language pathologists or SLPs. They may also help the individual and their support system improve adaptive communication functioning, which relies heavily on the individual’s communication skills.

The Importance of Communication

So, why are speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and the services they provide so vital to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

The ability to communicate is an essential aspect of the human experience. We communicate in a variety of ways, including voice, body language, and facial expressions. Therefore, it can have a detrimental impact on a person’s overall quality of life if they are unable to communicate or interpret communication.

Speech communication in people with IDD, for example, may be hampered by abnormal speech production and/or hearing loss, resulting in frequent misunderstandings and trouble connecting with others. This can lead to feelings of isolation, behavioural problems, and an overall sense of irritation and anxiety, which is normal.

After all, how would you feel if you could not understand or express yourself?

The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists.

Fortunately, SLPs can work with people who have IDD to help them live happier, more fulfilled lives. Clinical and educational services such as evaluation, treatment planning, treatment execution, prevention, advocacy work, outreach, and clerical and administrative activities are all possible roles for SLPs.

SLPs can help with a variety of things, including the following:

Conceptual skills: Receptive and expressive language, reading, and writing.

Social skills: Interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and following directions.

Practical skills: Building routines, operating a phone and computer, and using social media platforms.

Educating persons with IDD, their families, friends, and caregivers about the benefits and possibilities of speech-language therapy is a key component of this discipline. Another is to conduct culturally, linguistically, and age-appropriate tests and screenings to identify and treat any hearing, speech, language, communication, and/or swallowing issues. They can also tell if someone needs to be referred or require more testing.

Speech therapists play a vital role in ensuring the safety of individuals. For example, few people think about their ability to chew and swallow, but in our industry, what appears to be a simple activity can be deadly for our Individuals because choking is one of the leading causes of mortality in the IDD population. Speech therapists play a critical role in identifying who is at risk and what needs to be done to lessen that risk through their evaluations and recommendations.

Support from a team who cares

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your NDIS plan? Are you struggling to find the right provider for the services you need? Support Coordinators from Personalised Support Services can help clarify everything for you.

Our support coordinators can connect you with any services and assist you with applying and understanding your NDIS plan. With a personalised schedule, you can be sure that our highly skilled and experienced Support Coordinators will help simplify the process no matter what your goals are.

Contact us today, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.