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Community Clinics

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Aims of the service

The services delivered from Health Centres and District clinics ensure that the speech, language and communication needs of the client can best be met from services provided to the local community. This drastically reduces logistic difficulties by making services more accessible. Currently services are provided from 8 Health Centres and 20 District Clinics.
 
Description of the service

A varied caseload is followed through individual or group sessions. The percentage of males attending our clinics far outweighs that of females. Following a thorough assessment and depending on the client’s speech, language, communication and feeding needs, the SLP decides on the best type of intervention for the client. This may involve regular sessions at the clinic, intensive sessions or review only. Visits to the client's natural setting such as the home or the school may also be included into the assessment and/or intervention programme. In the case of clients with mobility difficulties home visits may be carried out. Homes for the Elderly and Day Centres for Adults with Disabilities are serviced on a needs basis within the community.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in community clinics are further supported by members of specialised divisions who being equipped with in-depth knowledge in various areas of expertise may act as resource and further inform the practice of generic SLPs.

Speech Language services in the community also include intervention with specific client groups such as clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, clients who require an augmentative or an alternative means of communication and others who are fitted with a cochlear implant.

SLPs in the community regularly participate in clinical focus groups organised by the Speech Language Department in order to further develop their professional competencies in a number of areas.

SLPs strive to establish and maintain a holistic approach to client care. Services in Community clinics enable the Speech Language Department to work in close conjunction with other professionals and carers who are involved in the care of the client.