Services provided by the Network
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists routinely treat patients with voice and breathing disorders and are experts in diagnosing and treating laryngeal (throat) issues. There is emerging evidence that using these skills and applying them to a chronic cough population is very beneficial. Respiratory speech and language therapy can be offered once all other tests, investigations and treatment trials have been completed.
Respiratory speech and language therapy aims to reduce overall cough sensitivity and improve the ability to cough control. Patients typically attend four treatment sessions, over a six week period. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes but to be most effective patients also have to follow a tailored therapy programme at home. Therapy tasks include education about the nature of cough, strategies to control the cough and vocal hygiene to reduce laryngeal irritation.