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Children's speech centre helping adults.

A CLINIC which has helped children improve their speech and language for more than three decades has now branched out to help adults.

Cardiff Metropolitan University's highly-regarded Centre for Speech and Language Therapy has recently redeveloped its clinic to cater for adults in Cardiff and the Vale with acquired communication difficulties.

The clinic, which opened in 1983 and initially focused on therapy for children, now also provides a service for adults who have communication difficulties following a stroke - a condition called aphasia.

Aphasia directly affects a person's ability to speak, read, write and actually understand language. People with this condition can experience loneliness, loss of autonomy, stigmatisation and depression.

As part of the redevelopment, the centre has recruited an additional part-time lecturer in adult therapy and has made its clinical facilities accessible to wheelchair users and adults with communication disability.

Commenting on this new clinical provision, lecturer in speech and language therapy, Kate Tucker, said: "At the moment, this is a small scale venture in order to test the waters. Looking to the future, we hope that this new service will continue to expand to allow us to run related research projects and clinics for people with other conditions such as dementia and Parkinson's disease."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 7, 2016
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