Does your child have a limited range of speech sounds, or difficulties pronouncing specific sounds or words for their age?
Children may need help with communication skills if they have one of the following diagnosed conditions:
- Autistic Spectrum
- Auditory Processing Difficulties
- Cleft Palate
- Delayed speech and/or language
- Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVP) otherwise known as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
- Developmental Language Disorder (DVD)
- Down Syndrome
- Otitis Media, otherwise known as Glue Ear
- Stammering (also known as Stuttering or Dysfluency)
- Vocal Fold Nodules
It is often not possible to diagnose a cause of a speech and langauge difficulty
How it works...
Step 1: Initial Assessment
The aim of my first session is to assess your child’s communication skills and decide whether they will benefit from further support. This is administered through formal standardised assessments, as well as carrying out observations collating information to build up a full picture of your child’s strengths and needs within their everyday routine. Results will be summarised in a written report, which will include areas to work on, practical tips, and recommended therapy approaches.
Step 2: Therapy Sessions
My goal is to create a trusting, supportive environment, where children can have a go at trying new skills, experience success, and not mind if they fail, which is a vital part of the learning process. Through fun, motivating, achievable challenges, there will be multiple opportunities for children to practice new techniques, and receive the feedback needed to make changes. The number of sessions needed will depend on the type and severity of the individual child’s difficulty.
Step 3: Practice at Home
As parents, you are the true expert when it comes to your child, which is why you are fully involved throughout the process. To make the most of the therapy sessions, parents need to observe and at times participate in sessions, to help your child practice and consolidate new strategies and skills from one session to the next. To maximise progress, it is necessary to set aside around 15 minutes practice, 4-5 times a week.
I also work with schools...
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language skills and would like to arrange a telephone call, please contact me by email or using the below form