What I do
I offer a range of interactive therapy programmes that are designed to improve your child’s speech, language and communication skills. Each programme has flexibility built-in and we can take a mix and match approach to scheduling sessions. For example, we may choose intensive twice weekly sessions or less intensive weekly/ fortnightly ones – whichever best meet your child’s needs and availability.
There are four main programmes to choose from:
- Listening and Attention Skills: For children who need help to develop the skills that support good speech, language and communication.
- Speech Sounds Work: For children who have delayed, unclear speech or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds or words.
- Understanding and Using Language: For children who have difficulty understanding, remembering and using language.
- Social Skills Practice: For children who have difficulty understanding other people’s emotions, how to behave appropriately in new situations, making friends and finding or using the right words.
Each session is delivered on a one-to-one basis. Parents are actively encouraged to observe therapy sessions to ensure continuity when completing work at home.
Therapy sessions are carried out in pre-school, school, or your home. To help transfer the learning into all areas of your child’s life I also offer playgroup, nursery and school visits. These visits are made with your permission and during them I give therapy updates and advice on the best to communicate with your child.
Before deciding on any programme of therapy we begin with an initial assessment. This is when I gather relevant informantion about health, hearing, speech, understanding and use of language and the difficulties your child is experiencing. At this appointment I will also begin to assess their communication skills. I do this through informal and formal methods.
On completion of the assessment, which may take more than one session depending on the complexity of the situation, we discuss the findings and make a decision about the options available. For example if therapy is appropriate, what type of therapy would be best for your child, or if therapy is not appropriate at this time, monitoring only or discharge. Occasionally it is necessary to refer a child to another professional. At the end of the initial assessment I write a report with recommendations on how to improve your child’s communication skills.
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Please note: Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders need more specialist support than I can offer as a generalist therapist. Visit the Help With Talking website to find a specialist.