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What is Speech and Language Therapy? (Speech Pathology)

Speech and Language Therapy focuses on communication and addresses the following areas:

  • Articulation difficulties (speech sounds): difficulties producing certain sounds, substituting some sounds for others.

  • Language difficulties (both understanding spoken and written language, and expressing yourself with language). Difficulties here can have a detrimental effect on our understanding of the world around us, and our ability to participate.

  • Social skills (pragmatics). Difficulties with language and our ability to understand the world around us often have a flow-on effect on our capability to engage socially. This can also lead to low self-esteem and feelings of exclusion.

  • Behaviour issues (often tied to difficulties with communication in general). Our work here often addresses fundamental issues around emotional regulation (closely tied with Occupation Therapy).

Speech Therapy in Singapore | Speech Therapist

Speech and Language Therapy in Singapore: Understanding and Overcoming Communication Difficulties

Speech and language therapy in Singapore is a relatively new field of allied health that supports a range of communication disorders (speech and language), fluency disorders (stuttering/stammering), voice disorders, as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties. 


Speech and language pathologists (SLP) are also referred to as speech and language therapists (SLT) or speech pathologists/therapists for short. They work with people of all ages from newborn infants, toddlers, school-aged children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, and they also play an important role in end-of-life care (palliative care). 


Communication difficulties or disorders can be divided into two broad categories:

  • Speech - Speech is the production of the sounds that make up spoken language and is produced using the lips, jaw, tongue, throat, and larynx (voice box).

  • Language - Language is understanding and expression through the organized system of symbols and words to communicate meaning. This can be written, read, gestured, signed, spoken, listened to, and expressed through body language.

Some people have either speech difficulties or language difficulties. However, it is possible (and more likely) to have problems with both. 


Speech and language pathologists are also able to use and train people in the use of augmented alternative communication (AAC) devices. These are tools that help non-verbal people to communicate, such as a communication board or book. They also help with social skills and can lead social groups to help children recognize and practice socially appropriate behaviours.


Fluency disorders (stuttering/stammering) and voice disorders are areas that speech and language pathologists work with as well. They are able to provide strategies and techniques to help overcome or compensate for the various communication difficulties, as well as refer to other professionals when necessary to target other related challenges, such as anxiety or depression.


In hospitals, speech and language pathologists help to diagnose and treat swallowing difficulties, which frequently occur with stroke, nose and throat cancer, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. They also help to treat aphasia, which is a language disorder that frequently occurs as a result of a stroke where patients have difficulty both understanding and using language. 

Speech Therapy in Singapore at Total Communication

At Total Communication, we employ some of the best speech and language therapists in Singapore who are certified by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). The AHPC regulates the practice of speech and language therapy in Singapore and ensures that all registered speech and language pathologists have the necessary experience and theoretical knowledge to use a range of different evidence-based techniques and programmes, as well as assessment and treatment tools to help their clients. Our therapists are also trained to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and tailor their therapy sessions to target the specific needs of each person. They work collaboratively with other allied health professionals as well, such as occupational therapists, psychologists, ENT doctors, and more. 


As some of the best speech and language therapists in Singapore, our therapists make sure to work closely with educators and families in order to ensure that everyone involved with the care of the patient/client receives the necessary support. Therefore, we welcome you to speak with our speech and language pathologist about what might be the most suitable for you or your child and discuss any needs or challenges that require our support.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) specialize in the development, nuances, and impairments of all aspects of communication and language learning.  

With training grounded in communication and language development, SLPs are uniquely positioned to understand and foresee the implications to one’s overall quality of life when the developmental processes involved in these areas don’t go according to plan. Whether it’s working directly, liaising with teachers, parent training, or any combination of these, an individualized program supporting your child’s particular strengths and challenges can achieve gains for them and the way they interact with their world.


In consult with you and other professionals involved in your child’s case, the Speech-Language Pathologist will implement an assessment and treatment plan to maximize potential and reach goals.  Our Speech-Language Pathologists are well sought after for services provided both at schools and by individual families.

Difficulties in children involving SLPs include:

  • Speech and articulation disorders (unclear sounds)

  • Central auditory processing disorder (when the brain can’t hear)

  • Language disorders (delayed language development or language impairment also known as Developmental Language Disorder DLD)

  • Communication disorders (autism spectrum disorder)

  • Fluency Disorder (stuttering and stammering)


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  • 1. What are the roles of speech therapists in Singapore?
    Speech therapy in Singapore plays a crucial role in addressing speech and language difficulties for individuals. Trained and qualified speech therapists assess, diagnose, and create personalized treatment plans to help improve communication skills for people of all ages. Total Communication's team of experienced speech therapists is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support to children to achieve their communication goals. By choosing Total Communication, you can trust that you're receiving top-notch speech therapy services and solutions Check Total Communication’s website:
  • 2. What is the main purpose of speech and language therapy Singapore?
    At Total Communication, we specialize in providing speech and language therapy services to individuals in Singapore. Our goal is to help individuals overcome any challenges they may face with their communication skills. Our therapy services include improving speech and language development for children, overcoming speech and language difficulties, and supporting individuals who are learning English as a second language. We strive to provide effective and personalized therapy solutions to meet the unique needs of every client.
  • 3. How to find Best Speech Therapist in Singapore?
    To find the best speech therapist, it's crucial to do your due diligence and research their experience, reputation, and qualifications. We encourage you to read online reviews, ask for recommendations from friends and family, and even consult with medical professionals. But why waste time and effort searching when you can directly turn to the best? At Total Communication, our therapists are dedicated to helping individuals of all ages overcome any challenges they may have with their speech and language development. Our focus on providing personalized support has resulted in numerous successful outcomes for our clients. And with a commitment to keeping our fees affordable, you can rest assured that you'll receive the best value for your investment. So why wait? Take the first step towards better communication by reaching out to us at Total Communication today!
  • 4. What is the role of a Speech Pathologist?
    A Speech-language Pathologist is a highly trained and knowledgeable healthcare practitioner that specializes in improving communication abilities in individuals of every age group. These professionals have a thorough grasp of speech, language, fluency, and voice disorders, as well as the abilities and competence required to diagnose and treat such conditions. Our committed team of Speech-language Pathologists at Total Communication not only assesses and treats communication disorders but also gives significant education and counseling to both our clients and their families, establishing a supportive atmosphere that fosters development and improvement. Our speech-language pathologists work with a lot of schools in Singapore. With the knowledge and dedication to excellence, our Speech Pathologists are well-equipped to assist clients in overcoming any communication barriers.
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