Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. Simply contact me and I will be happy to arrange your consultation.
How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
I do not operate waiting lists and you should be offered an appointment within two weeks.
What is the Initial Speech and Language Assessment?
The initial Speech and Language assessment enables me to make an informed assessment of your child’s speech and language skills and needs by gathering relevant information from you as parents/carers and through informal and formal assessment with your child.
Informal assessment usually involves play activities, discussions with the child and observations of them interacting with others. Formal assessments are conducted using assessment books. I always try and use a variety of tasks to make it as much fun as possible for the child whilst still being able to gather the information I need.
The initial assessment usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes depending on the areas of language and speech being assessed and how engaged your child is during the assessment. During this time I will also take a case history and find out a little more about the different environments the child communicates in to ensure a holistic approach.
How long is each therapy session?
Therapy sessions vary between 30-40 minutes depending on your child’s age, attention levels and type of therapy provided. The therapy session is where I work with the child to target the development of their speech or language (or both). I use a variety of motivational activities and work hard at making these fun for your child to support their motivation, confidence and development.
Where does therapy take place?
I can offer therapy sessions in the child’s home, at my own home, in school or nursery or, at a carers home dependant on what feels most comfortable for the child and the family. I try to do the majority of my initial assessments in an environment that the child is most comfortable to ensure an accurate assessment of their communication skills. This means I often do the first session in your own home.
How often will my child need to be seen?
This really depends on the nature of the problem and the level of concern. I will be happy to discuss this with you and make recommendations regarding this once I know more about your child and your needs. On average I tend to see children either once a week or once a fortnight.
How long will therapy take?
It is never easy to predict treatment length since many factors influence the success of therapy. Depending on the nature and severity of the difficulty your child has, therapy could last from just a few weeks to a number of months. Children with complex needs may need longer term support. I appreciate that there are costs involved and I will always discuss with you the options available so you can make an informed decision as how best to proceed.
What happens if I am also having therapy from the NHS?
I work hard at developing relationships with other professionals to ensure a ‘joined up’ approach to children’s therapy. I am flexible in my approach to therapy and will always give parents the option of discontinuing my support if they receive one to one input from the NHS, I am equally happy to continue working alongside an NHS therapist to give more intensive input.
I like to be transparent about how I work. I often feel this seems so prescriptive and formal and so far removed from the personal service I offer but it’s something I am required to do as a professional so please find these documents below.