Speech and Language Therapy

 

ASSESSMENT

We provide assessment and management of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).  The Speech and Language Therapist will take a full case history to understand your child's communication needs. 

 

Assessment activities vary and are dependent upon the child. Part of the assessment process will involve gathering information from parents, carers and teachers. Depending on presenting concerns, observations and informal play based activities may be part of the assessment process which may be carried out in the home or educational setting. Formal assessments using standardised tests are also used, depending on the age of the child. We will always carry out an assessment in a sensitive manner and do our best to ensure that the process is fun and engaging for the child.

After assessment and consultation an individual home based therapy programme is developed.  This may include advice, strategies, targeted activities or therapy. Where possible, aids and resources are provided.

 

 

HOW CAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY HELP MY CHILD?

There are a range of ways that a speech and language therapy may help to support speech, language and communication needs (SLCN's).  These will always involve working with the parents and, where applicable, any educational setting to create an environment that will support and facilitate an individual's communication.

 

WHAT IS SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY?

 

Speech and Language Therapy is the process of facilitating people to communicate to the best of their ability.  Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication. It can also be used to help individuals with difficulty swallowing, eating or drinking.

 

 

WHAT DOES A SPEECH AND LANGAUGE THERAPIST DO?

 

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. 

SLTs assess and treat speech, language and communication difficulties in children and adults.SLTs are also skilled to assess and manage eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. They work with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY TERMS

Professionals may differentiate between the terms ‘speech,’ ‘language’ and ‘communication’ and so it is useful to define these terms. 

 

Speech - relates to the ability to clearly enunciate the sounds necessary to speak. 

 

Language - concerns the comprehension of words and their utilisation to make sentences.

 

Communication - concerns the use of language in a constructive way, allowing for interaction with others.

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