During the recruitment process a Speech Therapist will assess and identify the following aspects:
Good Volume Control
A person’s voice reveals a lot about their personality. For example, if some one has a low self-esteem, it may be reflected by hesitancy in the voice, a shy person may have a quiet voice, but someone who is confident will be more likely to have command of their voice and clarity of speech.
People who are dysfluent know what they want to say, but sometimes find it difficult to physically produce speech, resulting in stuttering.
Good Understanding of Instructions
Listening is key to all effective communication; failure to listen effectively will no doubt affect one’s understanding of instructions.
Good language skills
Well-developed language skills are essential for good communication and understanding in any situation.
Accents are a natural part of spoken languages. It is important to note that an accent is not a speech or language disorder. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent.
Improper pronunciation can lead to a negative impression, misunderstanding and ineffective communication.
Grammar, whether written or spoken, lays the groundwork for effective communication. Improper or poor grammar can likewise affect the meaning and clarity of an intended message.
Clarity of Speech
Clear speech involves confidence, tone and articulation. This is very much related to what we mentioned earlier – “someone who is confident will be more likely to have command of their voice and clarity of speech.”
Understandability can be a huge barrier in communication. As with a good understanding of instructions, one also needs to be capable of conveying the message or instruction clearly and concisely.