Considering a Career in Speech & Language Therapy ?

Considering a Career in Speech & Language Therapy ?

Speech and language therapy is a dynamic and ever evolving career, which gives you the opportunity to make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of individuals, their families and communities. You will have the opportunity to join SLTs in Ireland and internationally in creating a better world for everyone, young and old who has, or may in the future have communication or swallowing needs.

The capacity to share our ideas, thoughts and feelings with another person is a basic human right. Successful communication is central to our happiness & participation in life.

What do Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) do?

Speech and language therapists (SLTS) must be registered by CORU the regulating body for health and social care professionals (HSCPs) in Ireland.  SLTs assess, diagnose and provide a broad range of interventions and supports to people across the life span, with a variety of disorders and /or  concerns regarding communication, voice, feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing (FEDS). 

SLTs also have a broader societal role in advocating for and developing services for all those with communication and swallowing needs.  Many SLTs are involved in research and advocacy as part of their clinical practice; their academic / teaching role or as a member of special interest group (SIG).

SLTs may work together with other professionals as part of multidisciplinary teams who share their insights and work together to support our service users.

SLTs are concerned not only with identifying and understanding all the differences and challenges that the person with communication or FEDS experiences; but also with identifying and understanding any  barriers to successful communication and safe swallowing that may exist in that person's environment.

We listen to and collaborate with the best expert; our service user, and work together with the important people in their life: parents; partners; teachers; SNAs; care staff and others. When we all strive to play our part in making successful communication a reality, the person with communication needs can fulfil their social, educational, emotional and vocational potential.

SLTs work with  people across the lifespan from the youngest infants to the older people and most vulnerable people including but not limited to:

  • Premature infants and their families in neonatal care units who need support to establish sucking, swallowing and feeding patterns
  • Children who require support with their speech and language development
  • Children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences such as Dyslexia, Autism or Verbal Dyspraxia
  • Individuals who have acquired communication difficulties resulting from brain injury, stroke or other disease
  • Individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports
  • Children, young people, and adults with intellectual disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities who may also have communication and swallowing needs
  • Individuals who experience eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • Children, young people, and adults with a range of mental health difficulties which impact on their communication and/ or swallow
  • Individuals who experience voice difficulties due to strain or disease
  • Individuals who seek support to understand and manage their stammer / stutter with greater ease and confidence

SLT’s can be found in a wide variety of settings, including the following examples

  • Hospitals
  • Pre-school, Primary & Secondary Educational settings 
  • Prisons and Juvenile detention centres
  • Community Development Settings
  • Private Clinics
  • Disability Settings
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Universities and colleges

Scroll down to find out more about how to become a Speech and Language Therapist

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How To Become an SLT

Member diaries

Read about IASLT members and their career journeys in speech and language therapy

Article written for International Stammering Awareness Day 2023 by Full IASLT Member Marie Nicholas

Marie shares her first experience as a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist. Schooled, but not yet skilled, in the complex communication difference that is stammering. Titled: A Lesson in Listening for a SLT.

Student Blog

Student Diaries- Niamh Bridges

My name is Niamh Bridges, and I am a third year Speech and Language Therapy student in UCC. Being a student during the pandemic has come with its challenges but


Clinician Diaries- Elma Griffin MIASLT

Elma Griffin MIASLT shares her experience of working in primary care and what her role as a speech and language therapist entails.


Student Diaries - Norma O’ Leary

My name is Norma O’ Leary and I’m a final year Speech and Language Therapy student at University College Cork.