Speech & Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapists working in Beacon Hospital are highly qualified with extensive experience working with adults with a wide range of speech, swallowing, language and voice disorders.

What is Speech & Language Therapy?

A Speech and Language Therapist assesses, diagnoses and treats any speech, voice, language or communication impairment or any difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing which is presenting as a secondary issue to an underlying medical condition.

After an in-depth assessment is completed, a suitable intervention will be offered to the patient. As part of the service, education to family members and carers will also be provided.

Our facilities for both in and outpatients also include videofluroscopy (Swallow x-ray) service. A referral form for videofluroscopy can be downloaded here.

Who Do We Work With?

We provide high quality assessment and treatment for all adults who struggle and suffer with the wide range of communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

Some of the client groups Beacon Hospital work with include:

• Stroke
• Dementia (eg. Alzheimer’s Disease)
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Motor Neurone Disease
• Head and Neck Cancer
• Head Injury
• Voice Disorders

We Specialise In:

  • Language Disorders (Aphasia)

    This is a language disorder which occurs in a person who suffers from brain damage. Language skills reside on the left-hand side of the brain. If this side comes under threat through brain damage, it may lead to language problems resulting in difficulty to speak, read or write.

  • Motor Speech Disorders (Dysarthria)

    Often described as slurred speech this is defined as slow, imprecise and distorted speech that is the result of weakness, paralysis, spasticity, or the inability to control or coordinate the muscle used during speech.

  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

    Those who suffer from Dysphagia feel a sensation described as ‘food sticking’ on its way down the oesophagus or difficulty passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach.

  • Voice Disorders

    Voice disorders may include any problem with pitch, volume, tone and/or other qualities of the voice. This simply happens when the voice cords don’t vibrate in the usual format.

  • Other SLT Services:

    • Videofluroscopy assessment and analysis
    • Formal assessments of language (speaking/understanding/reading/writing)
    • Swallow assessment and management
    • Voice assessment and therapy
    • Speech assessment and therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get referred to Speech & Language Therapy?

    To make an appointment, please call us on 01-293 6692. Alternatively email us at speechtherapy@beaconhospital.ie

  • How quickly will I be seen?

    You will be contacted within 24 hours of receipt of referral or request to schedule an appointment.

  • How much will Speech & Language Therapy cost?

    • Speech and Language Therapy Initial Assessment / Consultation: €170
    • Speech and Language Therapy Review: €95
    • Videofluoroscopy procedure and analysis: €350
  • What will happen in my first assessment?

    The Speech and Language Therapist will take an in-depth case history of your presenting speech/ language/voice or swallowing problem.

    You will then have an assessment and a therapy plan will be made.

  • How many sessions will I need?

    After an SLT assessment, your Speech and Language Therapist will determine how many therapy sessions you will require.

  • Do I need a medical referral?

    A videofluoroscopy requires a medical referral as it is a radiological procedure.  An Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor needs to examine your vocal cords before we can commence voice therapy.

    For all other swallow, speech and language sessions, no medical referral is required. Click here to download the videofluoroscopy referral form.

  • What is a Videofluroscopy?

    Videofluoroscopy is an x-ray of your swallow. This is carried out in the Radiology department. A Radiologist (doctor) and Speech and Language Therapist will be present for the assessment.

    You will be given various types of food and drink and your swallow function will then be seen on a moving x-ray. The food and drink will be mixed with a white powder called barium. This is so we can see the food on x-ray. You do not need to fast for this assessment.