Speech and Language Therapy

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses

Contact Names/Numbers/email addressesGeneral enquiries:
Department Secretary: Orla O’Brien/Phil Keane: 01-414 2776 / 2778
Department Manager: Fiona Hill: 01-414 2780 or fiona.hill@amnch.ie
Course enquiries: 01-414 2776 / 2778 or sltcourses@amnch.ie

Description of Department/Service

The Speech & Language Therapy Department provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults and children with speech, language, communication, voice and eating/drinking/swallowing difficulties. The service is available to:

  • Current inpatients of the hospital
  • Patients who are attending a consultant in an outpatient clinic
  • Patients who are attending the Charlie O’Toole Day Hospital

A limited service is provided to the inpatient Psychiatry Unit

Patients who have a speech, language, communication, swallowing or eating/drinking/swallowing difficulty which is not related to their current episode of care in the hospital may be more appropriately referred to their local community service.

Hours of service

The core working hours of the department are Monday – Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Appointments may be offered outside these hours to suit patient requirements.

Location

The Adult Speech & Language Therapy Department is located in the Rehabilitation Area. Access is through the main entrance of the hospital. Turn right onto "Hospital Street" and then take the first left to the speech and language therapy waiting area. Please check in for your appointment using the self-service kiosks in the front entrance of the hospital.

The Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Department is located in the children's section of the Out-patients Department. Access is through the main Out-patients entrance, through to the end of the children's outpatient corridor and turn left. Speech and Language Therapy rooms are the first three doors on the left hand side. Please check in for your appointment using the self-service kiosks in the front entrance of the hospital.

Link to hospital maps

Patient Information

Service for Adults

In the adult department the Speech and Language Therapists work with people who have difficulty communicating and eating/drinking/swallowing. These difficulties can occur as a result of;

  • brain injuries (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury) 
  • progressive neurologicalconditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Dementia) 
  • other medical or surgical conditions (e.g. respiratory, gastrointestinal problems, patients who have had a tracheostomy inserted, Ear, Nose and Throat problems) 
  • Mental health conditions

Difficulties may include:
Dysarthria: Dysarthria is a speech disorder resulting from weakness or incoordination of the muscles used for speech. Speech may sound quiet or nasalised and speech sounds may appear slurred or be slow and laboured.

Apraxia of Speech: Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder resulting from difficulty putting speech sounds together.

Aphasia: Aphasia is a disorder of language which can result in difficulties with understanding, speaking, reading and writing. It is caused by brain damage from a stroke, head injury, brain tumour or other neurological condition.

Voice Disorders: Voice disorders can result from many different causes including muscle tension, psychological factors, structural abnormalities, laryngeal conditions and neurological conditions. Voice problems may lead to changes voice quality.

Difficulty Communicating: People with dementia and with mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia may have difficulty communicating and interacting with others.

Dysphagia: Dysphagia is a difficulty eating, drinking and/or swallowing foods and liquids.

We aim to ensure all assessments and treatments provided are evidence based and in line with current best practice. All staff are involved in a programme of continuing professional development and we regularly evaluate and audit our practices and treatment outcomes to ensure a high standard of service provision.

We provide a wide range of diagnostic assessments and treatments including:

  • Videofluoroscopy
  • Fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Manometry
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vitalstim
  • Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT)

Information leaflets

Links to information leaflets

Paediatric Service

In the children’s department the Speech and Language Therapists work with children who have difficulty communicating and/or eating/drinking/swallowing. These difficulties can occur in association with;

  • Neuro-developmental difficulties (e.g. global developmental delay, intellectual disability, autistic spectrum disorders, motor disorders, Cerebral Palsy) 
  • other medical or surgical conditions (e.g. respiratory, gastrointestinal, Ear, Nose and Throat, neurological problems) 

When should children be referred?

Children should be referred as soon as there are any concerns about their communication or eating/drinking/swallowing. We provide a service to children from birth.
A child should be referred to the speech and language therapy service if they present with any of the following:

  • Difficulty interacting or avoiding interacting with parents/siblings/peers
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Difficulty taking turns
  • Difficulty understanding what is being said to him/her appropriate to his/her age
  • Vocabulary development is limited for his/her age
  • Displaying frustration at not being able to communicate his/her message
  • Difficulty breast or bottle feeding
  • Difficulty moving to solid foods
  • Coughing or choking when eating or drinking
  • Eating only a very limited range of foods

Information leaflets

Education and Training Courses

We have a strong commitment to delivering high quality education and training.  Our department has established links to Speech & Language Therapy training programs in Irish and international universities. With patient consent students observe or are supervised in the provision of assessment and therapy.

We provide a range of continued professional training and development courses in Paediatric and Adult Dysphagia Management and Videofluoroscopy Analysis.  These training courses are accredited and offered on a regular basis.  Please contact sltcourses@amnch.ie for information on upcoming events.

Upcoming Courses

Course name and application form/flyers to be kept updated here