19 Nov Frequently Asked Questions
I have put together a list of questions I frequently get asked by parents and professionals. If I haven’t answered your question, please get in touch with me.
What is a Speech and Language Therapist?
Speech and Language Therapists assess, diagnose and treat people with speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.
Who do you see?
My area of specialism is assessing, diagnosing and treating pre-school children – of any age and with any speech and language difficulty.
Which children can you help?
The children I work with may have difficulties with attention and listening skills, play skills, understanding what is said to them and/or using sentences. They may only use a few words or not speak. Some children have unclear speech or may have a stammer. Other children I see have complex communication needs. This may because they have a diagnosis of another condition, such as Autism or Down Syndrome.
Do you work in a clinic, at home or in nurseries/schools?
I work with children in their home or at their place of education. I believe passionately about working with those most involved in a child’s life as this ensures a child will make greater progress, more rapidly.
Does my child need a referral to see you?
No. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s speech, language or communication skills you can contact me directly. I offer a free telephone consultation to talk about your concerns and to discuss whether I will be able to help.
What is the difference between Independent and NHS Speech and Language Therapy?
NHS Speech and Language Therapy is free but Independent Speech and Language Therapists charge for their services. The advantages of paying for this service is that your child will be seen quicker, contact will be more frequent and your child will be seen in a location that is familiar and comfortable. I aim to offer a new referral appointment within 2 weeks of your initial contact.
My child has been referred for NHS Speech and Language Therapy. Can you still see them?
It can take a long time to be seen by an NHS Speech and Language Therapist. I can see your child whilst they are waiting for an initial assessment or when they are waiting for intervention. I will actively liaise with your child’s NHS Speech and Language Therapist. Employing an Independent Speech and Language Therapist will not affect your entitlement to the NHS service.
My child has been discharged from our local NHS Team. Can you see them?
Yes. There are strict guidelines in place in NHS services as to which children meet the criteria for Speech and Language Therapy. I can assess and work with children who may not be eligible for NHS services but where there are still concerns about speech, language and communication skills. I would never see a child who I don’t think needs intervention and would be open and honest about this with you.
What support can you offer to schools and nurseries?
I can visit nurseries and schools as part of my assessment and treatment of individual children. I can also offer staff training on a wide variety of topics.
I also offer setting visits. These are bespoke and what I can offer is discussed and agreed with nurseries and schools depending on the needs of that setting. A visit may include some individual assessment with children, provision of therapy activities and advice about ways to improve the communication environment.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions.