The first week of June is Speech Therapy Communication Week, where speech therapists address communication and swallowing disorders in patients. If a child has trouble comprehending or expressing spoken or written language a speech therapist can help. They help children to understand and use vocabulary, grammar and social aspects of language.

The Speech Therapy Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been hosting workshops for staff members where they give a sense of their practice.  They also want to acknowledge care givers who brings children for the speech therapy session once a month by giving them certificates and they are busy doing a book drive where there are collecting books for patients.

Take a listen to one of the speech therapists, Elanie van Schalkwyk as she speaks about the causes and possible ways of helping kids with speech or swallowing problems, as well as an interview with a mother and child who is using a communication device.