SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

Assessment

Depending on your requirements and at what stage of therapy you are at with your child and whether or not you have received private or NHS therapy prior to your enquiry, there are 2 ways of starting therapy;

  • Comprehensive Speech and Language Therapy Assessment
OR
  • Speech and Oro-motor screen/assessment and therapy programme. 

Comprehensive: Speech and Language Therapy Assessment.

Includes:
  • Duration; 2 hours completed over 2 sessions.
  • Assessment.
  • Comprehensive written report on all areas of speech and language.
  • Advice and recommendations in the form of goals.
  • Liaison with local NHS Speech and Language Therapy Services (with your consent; it is always in your best interest that the NHS are involved with your ongoing care).
  • Liaison with referring consultant and GP.
  • Follow up consultation via telephone, Skype, or email to discuss progress.

Speech and Oro-motor screen/assessment and therapy programme

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Assessment.
  • Written report on all areas on of speech and language.
  • Advice in the form of therapy goals.
  • Follow up as above.
  • Liaison as above.

Follow-up Sessions

Follow up sessions are either;
1 hour OR 40 minutes

They include:

  • Working on speech and language through activities which will be shown to you. Sessions are always done through  play and are led by your child's needs.
  • All preparation for your session.
  • You will be given therapy materials in a format that suits your lifestyle in order for you to ensure that you are able to fit therapy goals easily into your life. Where relevant you will be given advice on other ways of working on goals through Apps or computer-based therapy.
  • Liaison with NHS, GP, and schools as needed with your consent.
  • Review of progress via email and/or phone.

Speech and Language Therapists have an open referral system for children with speech or language difficulties.

You do not need a referral from a medical professional for your child to be seen by a speech and language therapist.

A parent can refer their child to a Speech and Language Therapist. Working with children's speech or language difficulties may mean that any of the following descriptions of types of difficulty are worked on:

  • Speech/phonological delay/disorder 
  • Articulation difficulty
  • Language delay or disorder
  • Developmental verbal dyspraxia
  • Specific Language Impairment