Looking for a Speech and Language Therapist in Kenya?
Speech and language therapy (SLT) is a specialised profession. It is concerned with the assessment and management of children and adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing difficulties. Therapists receive specific training in this field. If you are looking for a Speech and Language Therapist in Kenya, you should ensure that they have the necessary qualifications to work in the field. You can check that they have a:
- Valid qualification from a registered university or college. This may be at a bachelors or masters level.
- Membership with a foreign professional body, such as The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA), Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) etc.
- Membership with the Association of Speech and Language Therapists Kenya (ASLTK). ASLTK checks the qualifications of all members as well as requires members to maintain membership with a foreign professional body. This is a requirement to join the association. Also, being a part of ASLTK provides members with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities which is a mandatory requirement for any practising SLT.
- Area of speciality – many therapists specialise in particular areas of practice. For example, some therapists work only with a paediatric population and others work only with an adult population. Furthermore, therapists may specialise further in the fields of adult or paediatric therapy. For example, some paediatric therapists may specialise in working with children with autism and language impairment, whereas others may specialise in working with children with speech disorders and cleft palate. It is worth asking what/if the therapist has an area of speciality.
Working with a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (SLTA)
Some SLTs in Kenya work with SLT assistants. The SLT will assess and interpret the assessment results and then write a therapy programme (agreed upon with the client). A SLT assistant (SLTA) may then carry out this programme. Having sessions with a SLTA may make therapy more effective and affordable for the client. When working with a SLT assistant it is important to ensure that:
- They are working in conjunction with a qualified member SLT (see above) and receive regular support and supervision from this SLT
- Have valid membership with ASLTK. Assistants can join ASLTK upon recommendation of a member SLT and after showing evidence of receiving some training in the field of SLT. SLTAs may also attend ASLTK CPD events
Where and how can I find a Speech and Language Therapist?
- Special Education Professionals provides monthly Early Intervention Consultations. These are multi-disciplinary team assessments in Nairobi for a small fee (KSH 300). A speech and language therapist is a member of this team. Other team members may include occupational and physio therapists and special needs teachers. Please click here for further information.
- Yellow House Children’s Services provides affordable speech and language therapy services in Western Kenya. Please click here for further information.
- Private therapists – there are a number of therapists working privately in Nairobi and a few in Mombasa. These therapists provide private speech and language therapy assessments and therapy. Please see the current members page on this blog for more information on who these therapists and how to contact them.