Communication is the key to success

Speech and Language Therapists, Susan Cunningham & Katrina McColl
Speech and Language Therapists, Susan Cunningham & Katrina McColl

Speech and language therapists in Buckhaven are locking in on the key messages surrounding communication problems associated with learning disability.

Specialists working with adults who have a learning disability are handing out key rings and flyers to patients, their families, and other visitors as part of the Giving Voice campaign, also being rolled out in Glenrothes and Dunfermline.

Giving Voice demonstrates the importance of speech and language therapy to communities, and these resources, which will also advertise the Communication for Health website, provide basic communication tips that are concise and simple to understand.

These include getting a person’s attention, using short sentences and easy words supported by gestures or pictures and using easy read information.

Libby Downie, speech and language therapist, said: “Speech, language and communication problems affect a wide range of people across Fife, from young children to old age pensioners, many of whom have learning difficulties, and these people can have great difficulty expressing themselves.

“It is imperative that the necessary information and support is available to help them overcome these obstacles and therefore I am delighted to see these pocket sized resource made available to help transform their lives.”

NHS Fife’s area wide speech and language service has designated 2014 as the year of Giving Voice throughout the region, with a number of initiatives planned at various sites.

The Communication for Health website can be accessed at