Taking the message to the wider world

Lorraine Taylor, Fiona Mitchell, Claire Newlands, Gemma Wilson, Laura Walton, Jennifer Anderson, and Cherry Kelsey - speech therapists taking part in the world-wide challenge.
Lorraine Taylor, Fiona Mitchell, Claire Newlands, Gemma Wilson, Laura Walton, Jennifer Anderson, and Cherry Kelsey - speech therapists taking part in the world-wide challenge.
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Speech and language therapists in Fife are showing there are no borders when it comes to promoting the benefits of speech therapy.

Specialists have laid down a challenge to each other to take their message on tour as they travel for the last of the holiday sun and engage with people they meet about their profession and the life-changing difference it can make.

Communication difficulties can imprison an individual and severely limit their participation in family life, the community, education and the world of work.

The Giving Voice leaflets incorporate a raft of information including examples of groups that have benefitted from support by speech and language therapists and statistics about the number of people affected by communication or swallowing issues.

Liz Fairweather, principal speech and learning therapist, said: “This is a quirky way of getting our message beyond the local community and creating a real international talking point.

“Taking the Giving Voice leaflets on holiday acknowledges that communication problems are not limited to Scotland or the United Kingdom. Indeed, people across the globe, from children to the elderly, are impacted by speech, language and communication problems and often they have significant difficulty in expressing themselves.”