Speciality: Adult Acute
Location: Northern Ireland
Speciality: Paediatric School
An event is to be held in south Wales next month to promote careers in speech therapy to students.
Places are now being made available by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for an event staged by its speech and language therapy staff that will take place at Neath Port Talbot Hospital on October 24th.
It is open to anyone living in the health board area and is aimed at those in year ten or above, or mature students thinking about a career in speech and language therapy.
The event will explain more about the role played by therapists in both treating and diagnosing children and adults with communication disorders or difficulty with eating, drinking and swallowing.
It will be a full day event, so those who attend will get much more than a brief introduction. Instead, those in attendance will be fully briefed on the wide variety of roles, patients, issues and possible work settings that may be involved in a career.
This will include workshops, videos and presentations made by experienced speech and language practitioners.
Students will be able to ask questions themselves and there will be newly-qualified speech therapists on hand to describe what the training and study involved is like.
In addition, the health board said those who are interested in a career as a speech and language therapist should visit the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' website for more information.
There are only a limited number of places on offer, so those wanting to be there have been urged to book in advance.
Therapists working in Wales may meet all kinds of patients in their time - perhaps even a famous rugby player.
Last year, Welsh international Liam Williams told the Sunday Times he was seeing a speech therapist to deal with a stammer he has suffered from childhood and an associated predilection for swearing.
He remarked: "I want to improve myself so I’ve been to see a speech therapist," explaining that the therapist herself had overcome a stammer and was teaching him to do likewise.
Written by Martin Lambert
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