What is Speech and Language Therapy?

A useful information sheet produced by ASLTK member, Risha Joshi.


Speech and Language Therapy provides support, treatment and care for children and adults who have difficulties with their communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and Language Therapy is available to patients of all ages (infants through geriatrics) to address the individual’s speech, language, cognitive or swallowing difficulties.

Who is a Speech and Language Therapist?

A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) is a trained professional who provides this service.

A SLT assesses and treats speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better.

The SLT typically assesses the patient first to determine their area(s) of difficulty, and then will advise on the appropriate therapy plan for that individual (i.e. what will be done).

Who is a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant?

A Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (SLTA) may also be involved in the patient’s care. A SLTA supports a trained and registered speech and language therapist during their treatment of someone who has difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing.

Some examples of the areas in which Speech and Language Therapy services are provided:
•Articulation and Phonological Delay (Sound Errors)
•Language Delays (Expressive and/or Receptive)
•Pragmatics/Social Skills
•Auditory Processing
•Cognitive/Language Deficits
•Dysarthria/Apraxia of Speech
•Difficulties due to aphasia
•Voice or Resonance •Swallowing

Finding an SLT in Kenya:

There are a number of SLTs and SLTAs who are registered with the Association of Speech and Language Therapists Kenya (ASLTK).

ASLTK was registered by the Kenyan Registrar of Societies in February 2013. Its primary objective is to represent its speech and language therapist and assistant members. It also aims to promote the profession and the rights of people with communication difficulties in Kenya.

You can find a list of the members and their location on the following website – https://asltk.wordpress.com/current-members

ASLTK Email: asltkenya@gmail.com

Information Sheet (SaLT)

6th East African Conference on Communication Disability: 22nd to 24th October 2015

The 6th East African Conference on Communication Disability is a bi-annual conference that brings together international and regional clinicians, researchers, related health professionals and parents to share their work and develop the emerging speech and language therapy profession in East Africa. The 2015 conference will be held in Arusha, Tanzania on 22nd to 24th October 2015 with the theme:

“Communication Disability in East Africa: Development-Treatment-Inclusion.”

There will be also “Pre-conference” on 19th to 20th October, 2015 at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Lushoto, Tanzania which will include practical workshops. During these workshops, the speech and language therapists at the university are expected to offer various services to people with speech and language disorders in the community.

Please plan to attend! There will be a call for papers as soon as it is released. If you are working/volunteering on the continent, or would like to get involved in work in Sub-Saharan Africa this is a great conference for networking with people and projects.

Please contact Afizai Vuliva (primary conference organizer) with further questions or suggestions at afizaivuliva@yahoo.com

CPD Event! 17th November 2014

ASLTK will be hosting its 3rd CPD Event for 2014.


  • Autism, behaviour and simple strategies to use in your everyday practice:  Applied Behavioural Analysis or ABA is a popular approach for treating children with Autism.  The principles in ABA are not only simple, but can also be used in many areas of your practice everyday!  We will spend time discussing ABA, behavioural modification and therapy principles you can incorporate into your everyday practice to provide your clients a positive and motivating, although challenging, environment to grow, learn and improve their speech and language skills. Presented by Woody Rule (Speech and Language Therapist)
  • Evaluation and Intervention for children with Cleft Palate: The speech production of children with cleft palate is one of the most unique in the field of speech language therapy. This interactive session will address the basics to evaluate and provide evidence-based therapy for children with cleft palate, especially in places with limited technology. Presented by Courtney Bell (Speech and Language Therapist)
  • Interactive session on Solution Focused Practice (SFP): SFP is an approach to talking therapy which focuses on what the client wants, and their existing strengths and resources.  It was originally developed in the US in the field of family therapy, but is now being used increasingly in a range of disciplines such as social work, education, counselling, medicine, OT, education, supervision, management and of course SLT. Presented by Emma Osei-Mensah (Speech and Language Therapist)


Date: 17th November 2014

Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (ASLTK meeting to be held from 12:30 for members)

Venue: Aga Khan University Hospital

Cost: Free for ASLTK members, KSH1000= for non-members (spaces limited, please book).

Please contact asltkenya@gmail.com to reserve a place