This position statement has been developed by the IASLT Working Group in Dementia, which is made up of speech and language therapists (SLTs) who are working specifically in the field.
This is the first IASLT policy document published in this area of speech and language therapy provision for people with dementia and their families.
It highlights the key role that SLTs have and their scope of practice in managing people with dementia within multidisciplinary teams. It makes key recommendations for change and emphasises that speech and language therapy services should be available in an equitable manner to people of all ages living with dementia and to their families.
This position paper has been written in consultation with The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, by members of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) working group in dementia: Suzanna Dooley, Sarah Coughlan, Anne Claffey, Deirdre Carolan, Aine Lawlor and Aifric Conway.
Special thanks to Dr. Margaret Walshe, Trinity College Dublin for reviewing this document and to members of the IASLT Council for their valuable guidance and feedback.