Welcome to speechmag (ISSN Online 2045-6174), the complementary website for Speech & Language Therapy in Practice magazine (ISSN Print 1368-2105). The final issue (Winter 11) has now been published.
Speech & Language Therapy in Practice's reputation for creativity and innovation is well known. The final year saw a series on goal negotiation and the continuation of a series on ethics as well as 'Journal club' to help with critical appraisal. We were the first magazine to bring 'My Top Resources', interview-based feature articles and the services of a life coach to the profession, as well as a series on supervision, while 'This House Believes' featured six debates of evidence on a range of topics, each drawing conclusions for practice. Our speechmag members' area offers subscribers complementary material for continuing professional development.
Articles in the magazine reflect the range of work undertaken by the profession. Sometimes they focus on an age group (children, young people, adults, elderly people) or a particular client group - people with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, learning disabilities, voice problems, hearing impairment, autism, speech and language delay / disorder. Topics include assessment, therapy, working with parents and carers and staff training. Popular themes such as user involvement, multi-agency working, total communication environments and harnessing new technology permeate the pages. We also endeavour to equip readers with useful skills, for example project management, critical appraisal and writing for publication. At all times readers are encouraged to reflect on and improve their practice.
PLEASE NOTE: This website has been designed for speech and language therapists, and people with an interest in the profession, who are expected to use their theoretical background and clinical judgement to make decisions about what they are reading. If you or a relative or friend has a communication difficulty, please do not look to this site for advice. Instead, contact a registered speech and language therapist or see the website of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists for details of useful organisations.