What happens first?
Call or email me for an informal chat about your concerns. If we decide it is appropriate, we will arrange a time for me to visit you and your child at home.
What happens in an assessment?
At the first visit, I will start by taking a 'case history', asking you about your child's development and your concerns. I will then play with your child, and depending on their age and the type of difficulty they have, do some more formal assessments, such as looking at pictures together or asking them to follow some instructions.
What happens next?
At the end of the session we will have a brief discussion about your child's strengths and needs. I will then provide a full written report and give you some ideas of things to do at home with them. This report will also outline my recommendations for further therapy, if it is required. You can then take some time to decide what you would like to do, and if you would like to, then we can then book in further therapy sessions. These would also be at your own home.
How do I know if my child needs a Speech and Language Therapist?
It can be very difficult when you think your child might have a difficulty with their development. You may have noticed he or she is talking less than you would have expected, finds it difficult to make themselves understood, or has started to stammer. Get in touch for an informal chat about what you have noticed and what that might mean.
My child already sees a NHS Speech and Language Therapist...
If your child has been diagnosed with a difficulty such as Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, or has a Developmental Disorder such as Cerebral Palsy, you may already see a NHS Speech and Language Therapist. I can provide additional sessions and liaise with your existing SLT so we are working towards the same therapy goals.