Western Trust gives voice with King's Speech Oscar Breakfast

03/03/2011

Western Trust gives voice with King's Speech Oscar Breakfast Speech and Language Therapists from the Western Trust this week treated staff and service users to a breakfast worthy of Kings to celebrate the King’s Speech winning big at the Oscars.

The Oscar breakfast is part of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s Giving Voice campaign which aims to increase understanding of the role of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) and to show how speech and language therapy transforms lives.

Sweeping the board at the Oscars winning Best Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director – the King’s Speech portrays the impact that communication disability can have upon a man’s life whether he is a prince or pauper.

The film which stars Colin Firth as Bertie and an unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, who helped him deal with a crippling stammer as he eventually assumed the throne – as George VI.

Commenting on the event, Paul Rafferty, Head of Allied Health Professions Director of Primary said: “The Western Trust’s Speech and Language Therapy Department provides support and therapy to people with speech and language difficulties and their families and makes a positive impact on their quality of life.  Speech and language therapists work with and alongside parents, carers and professionals in early years settings, schools and hospitals.  They provide training to health visitors, teachers and nurses to make early interventions which effectively support patients and clients and improves their recovery, outcomes and independence.”  Oscar Breakfast


Speaking about the film and the celebration breakfast Anne Gamble, Head of Speech and Language Therapy  said: “Speech and language therapists work with a huge variety of people, from young children who stammer, to older people recovering from stroke and other brain injuries. We want to give them ‘voice’ by improving their communication abilities and addressing their swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties. Problems with speech and language imprison people and severely limits their participation in family life, the community, education and the world of work.

“This film has helped to highlight the unseen communication disability that many people suffer and it is important that more and more people are aware of the vital work that Speech and Language Therapists carry out.”