Speech and language therapy (SALT)

Speech and language therapy (SALT) is concerned with the assessment and management of swallowing and speech problems.

Dysphagia and speech problems are symptoms of many different conditions, including maxillofacial conditions and their treatments. In the context of maxillofacial conditions, the main tasks for speech and language therapy are the assessment and management of speech and swallowing problems related to

SALT support can be necessary as an acute, short-term intervention but typically is a long-term relationship between therapist and patient, often including carers. Similar to the role of physiotherapy, following assessment a large component of SALT is guidance to effective self-help and self-management (with a pinch of perseverance and patience in the mix).