The clinic in the Department of Language and Cognition is for adults who have acquired communication difficulties, usually as a result of a stroke or brain injury, and who want continuing speech and language therapy. The clinic is open on Mondays and Thursdays in the purpose-built ground floor clinic suite in Chandler House, and is staffed by two specialist speech and language therapists. The clinic provides student placements at various times during the year. Whilst on placement, students often work in pairs and engage in client contact under the close supervision of a clinician.
The aims of the clinic are:
- To offer a range of long-term treatment options to meet the needs of people with brain injury and their carers. Our goal is to assist clients to maximise their communicative abilities and participate as fully as possible in society.
- To train speech and language therapy students through observation and clinical practice.
- To support and carry out research to increase our understanding of communication breakdown and recovery.
Therapy is provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group. Sessions typically take place face-to-face, at the clinic. During 2020-21 we have been holding sessions remotely (online), without the need to travel.
Our Philosophy encompasses:
- Joint client-therapist-family exploration of the client's difficulties and possible solutions.
- Offering a range of long-term treatment options at all levels of the WHO model of impairment, activity, participation and well-being.
- No external time constraints on the period of intervention, allowing the time needed by people to adjust to their changed circumstances and build a new self-image.
- Accessing the range of academic and clinical specialisms within the Department of Language and Cognition on behalf of the client.
- Maintaining a partnership approach with NHS, independent and third-sector colleagues regarding the clients they refer to us.
- Research in the clinic
A variety of research teams at UCL carry out studies of acquired communication difficulties, their impact and rehabilitation. People with communication difficulties can volunteer to take part in these studies, often involving innovative therapies in the clinic.
Volunteers can be added to our research register at any time, whether they receive other services from us or not.
Research teams will contact volunteers with further details of projects that are relevant to them.
Our Research Update newsletters can be downloaded by following these links:
An information pack about the research register can be downloaded here:
If you'd like to take part, please send us your contact details using the following form or get in touch with the clinic by phone, letter or email:
You can view the full Privacy Notice for participants in health and care research by following this link: Full Privacy Notice.
You can view a Privacy Notice that has been adapted for people with communication difficulties here:
Current research projects looking for volunteers include:
- SWAN Aphasia (Sequences in Words and Numbers)
Adults who have language difficulties after a stroke often struggle to understand and use numbers. This is a problem because numbers are all around us in everyday life, for example when we use the phone, pay bills or buy a train ticket. We have developed SWAN which is a game based therapy to rebuild number skills. To find out more, follow this link.
- Measuring wellbeing creatively
This project looks at ways we can find out about the wellbeing of people with aphasia, despite their communication difficulties. Participants will take part in a museum session which we hope will be interesting and enjoyable - improving wellbeing. Participants will complete a number of wellbeing measures in sessions before and after the museum activity. This will include a new measure - making a colourful image without the need to use language at all. We are planning that the project can be carried out remotely (online). Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Making a referral
The clinic provides a therapy service to people:
- with difficulties of speech, language and cognitive communication acquired through brain injury (most typically, but not limited to, stroke and traumatic brain injury). We do not currently provide a service to people with progressive neurological conditions
- who are adults (age 16+)
- for face-to-face sessions, people attend the clinic as an out-patient. We have level-access rooms and disabled toilet facilities, but cannot provide assistance with transport or personal care
- for remote (online) sessions, people need a suitable device and access to the internet. People will need the skills or the support from others to use the technology
We accept referrals from speech and language therapists and other professionals. Please use the following referral form and provide recent speech and language (or multi-disciplinary) reports:
People with communication difficulties, or their carers, can also refer themselves to the clinic. Please contact us using the telephone number, email address or postal address in the 'Contact information' section below.
People who are interested in joining our research volunteer register can be added at any time. Please use the referral form above, or contact us directly. (It is possible to join the research register and also be considered for therapy.)
- Contact information
You can contact the clinic by:
- Telephone: 020 7679 4239 (answerphone)
- Fax: 020 7679 4298
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: UCL Communication Clinic, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF
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