Speech-Language Therapy

'Helping people with communication and swallowing disorders'

'What does communication mean to you?' Join the staff and patients of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board speaking about the importance of communication.

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: May 1, 2020