The Role of Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)
By Lauren Amphlett

Did you know Speech and language therapists (SLTs) play a crucial role in the management of patients with respiratory conditions? 

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) comprehensive factsheet on Upper Airway Disorders (UADs), is an essential guide designed for patients managing chronic respiratory conditions such as CPA, ABPA, COPD, asthma, and bronchiectasis. This resource aims to highlight the often-overlooked possibility of co-existing upper airway disorders, which can significantly complicate the management and treatment outcomes of these chronic respiratory diseases.

Within these pages, you will find detailed insights into the symptoms, diagnostic challenges, and effective management strategies for UADs. The leaflet emphasises the critical role of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) in assessing and treating these disorders. SLTs are key to providing targeted interventions that can alleviate symptoms and improve daily life.

This leaflet also aims to raise awareness amongst clinicians about the importance of considering UADs in the differential diagnosis of respiratory conditions. Enhanced understanding of these disorders can lead to better patient outcomes and improved quality of life.

To access the leaflet, click here.