Speech-Language Therapy

'Helping people with communication and swallowing disorders'

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board provides Speech-Language assessment and treatment for:

Children (up to 2 years) with:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Developmental delay
  • Syndromes eg Downs Syndrome
  • Cleft palate and other disorders
  • Acquired neurological disorders (TBI, Cerebral Palsy)
  • Otolaryngology
  • Feeding Difficulties

Adults with:

  • Acquired neurological disorders (TBI, CVA)
  • Progressive neurological disorders (Parkinsons, MND, MS)
  • Tracheostomy
  • Otolaryngology (head and neck, voice, laryngectomy)

Refer if:

  • Changes in speech, swallowing, language, feeding, voice or fluency.
  • Speech - reduced intelligibility (developmental disorders, dyspraxia, dysarthria).
  • Swallowing - difficulty tolerating food/drink.  Signs include recurrent chest infection, coughing, choking, weight loss.
  • Language - difficulty expressing and understanding written and spoken language.
  • Feeding - delayed progress through normal developmental milestones for feeding.
  • Voice - change in vocal quality that persist more than two weeks.  Refer to ENT specialist prior to Speech-Language.
  • Fluency - repetition of sounds, words, or phrases.


Last updated: February 22, 2016