Interpreter Guidelines working with Speech and Language Therapists

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Who do speech and language therapists work with?

Speech and language therapists see children and adults who have difficulties understanding and expressing themselves in both/all their languages. We also see people who have swallowing difficulties and work regularly with families and children who do not speak English. This is where the valuable services of an interpreter are much needed helping speech and language therapists bridge the gap with information sharing.

What may the session involve?

  1. Information gathering from the client or carer
  2. Assessment of the client’s communication. This will include looking at how much the client understands in their first language, how they get their messages across ( single words, sentences, signing), how clear their speech is, is what they are saying appropriate. With young children, assessment may include looking at play and general learning abilities
  3. Assessment of eating and drinking
  4. Advice to families and carers

What we require from the interpreter

We really value the involvement of an interpreter in the management of the session. When we are formally assessing a client’s communication skills, we need your advice as to whether the client is using grammatically correct language, whether the speech is clear and whether the language is appropriate to the client’s age and learning abilities. When we are assessing the client’s ability to understand what is said to them, we may ask you not to repeat or rephrase an instruction or to give the client cues by pointing or looking. If you have to rephrase an instruction because it cannot be directly translated, please let us know.

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