How we work
We offer a 15 minute telephone consultation free of charge so that we can discuss your child’s needs and determine whether they might benefit from speech and language therapy.
We can then arrange an initial assessment appointment, which can take place at your home. This will involve taking a case history, informal and/or formal assessment and includes a written summary report.
An assessment - what to expect
A Speech and Language assessment will involve taking a case history from you about your child and their communication. We’ll then do an informal and/or formal assessment with your child – depending on their age, needs and how they are that day.
We may ask you and your child some questions, do puzzles or games with them or ask them to communicate with us in another way. There are lots of ways we can assess your child’s speech and language and our assessment styles vary all the time.
If your child’s communication skills are appropriate for their age, then no further input will be required. We hope we can reassure you with our conclusions.
We’ll discuss with you what speech and language therapy input would benefit your child. Every child has different needs so some of the services we offer might include:
- Therapy sessions – these take place in your home, school or nursery
- Observations of your child in their educational setting followed by discussions with school staff
- Therapy programmes – written targets, activities and resources tailored to your child’s needs which can be worked on at home/school
- Written progress reports
The level and type of input your child receives will be based on their individual needs and will be regularly reviewed.
We also offer training sessions for professionals e.g. at schools, nurseries or children’s centres.
Training we have delivered in the past includes:
- Typical communication development and how to identify children with speech, language and communication needs
- How to use signing as a tool to support language development
- Supporting children with Special Educational Needs in the classroom
- Using visuals to support children with autism in the classroom
If you’d like us to come in and deliver some training or discuss how we work, please get in touch.