Besides academic qualifications, personal qualities that speech and language therapists need to possess include good communication skills, good listening skills, patience and an interest in solving problems.
Sali Curtis, senior specialist Macmillan speech and language therapist in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said: "I feel very lucky to be part of such an exciting and innovative project.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's speech and language team, with students and staff from Newcastle University's School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, was recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in its Giving Voice Awards 2011.
Gradually, with the help and skilled guidance of her speech and language therapist, Maureen started to be able to read and write short sentences and to match the words she spoke with the thoughts in her head.
Lesley Cavalli MSc BSc(Hons) CertMRCSLT, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Lecturer in Voice, Speech and Language Therapy Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust & Department of Human Communication Science, University College, London.
Morriston-based lead speech and language therapist Helen Extence said: "Half of all children born with a cleft lip and palate will experience speech difficulties and require the help of a speech and language therapist.