Communication may be affected by changes in a person’s Speech (pronouncing the words) or Language (the communication system). Sometimes the actual Voice of a person is affected. Communication is extremely important in our daily lives, and Speech and Language Therapy may be able to help.
Speech difficulties can mean that a person is unable to say words clearly, or that their intended word sounds get jumbled or are difficult to produce.
Language impairment (‘Aphasia’) can result in somebody having reduced ability to understand others or difficulty in expressing themselves. They may struggle to ‘take in’ a lot of information, or be unable to find the words they want to use, or even use the wrong words or wrong speech sounds. This can also affect somebody’s ability to read and write.
Communication difficulties can happen after a specific event, such as a stroke or another type of brain injury, or they may happen as a result of a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease. Changes such as physical injury or psychological problems can also affect our ability to communicate, as can other influences such as medications.
If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or struggling to cope please contact your GP who may refer you to the relevant healthcare professional.
Adults who need help with Speech and Language Therapy are seen in hospital as an inpatient or outpatient, in their own home, or in care homes. We aim to accommodate people’s needs within the service resources available.
If you feel you may need help, contact your GP who can refer you to the relevant service or you are able to self-refer by phoning 029 20743012 or e-mailing: Cav.Sltoutpatients@wales.nhs.uk
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park Way
Telephone: 029 20743012