National studies indicate that 1 in 17 children struggle with their speech and communication, which can have a profound effect on their educational progress.
Through Speech and Language Therapy I have provided speech therapy for young people across Lancashire, providing techniques for them improve not only their speech but their everyday lives.
I begin the therapy by assessing the child’s speech, language, and communication skills, carefully deciding whether their skills are at an appropriate level for their age. If I find a problem, I will identify the issue and produce a programme which can be integrated into their educational routine.
The programme will need the involvement of the people who spend the most time with the child to be effective, with the programme aimed to:
My Speech and Language Therapy
Remediate the Problem Itself
Enable Those around the Child to Help Them to Develop Socially in Spite of the Difficulty
Help Teachers to Identify What the Child Will and Won't Be Able to Do in the Classroom or Play Setting
I look at the child’s comprehension and how they put words and sentences together to convey information.
I look at how the child interacts with other children as well as adults in their environment.
These are just 3 areas of speech and language development that I will be looking in my assessment, I will look at other areas including; your child’s play, general interests, listening and attention skills, behaviour, and eating.
I find it vital to get to know the child well, allowing me to get a full picture of their strengths and difficulties. Most of my assessments are completed through play and games, allowing the child to remain stimulated throughout the appointments.
Research into speech and language development, the pitfalls, and solutions to remediate the issues are ongoing in universities, with therapists heavily involved in the clinical work process.
The research into speech and language development has produced findings including:
Certain Kinds of Speech or Language Delays Will "Sort Themselves out."
Many Kinds of Speech and Language Therapy for Children Are Very Effective
Parents who are involved with therapy for certain kinds of problems can make a significant difference in their child's progress
By working with children on their listening and production of speech sounds we can boost their literacy skills
Many local NHS Trusts offer high-quality speech and language therapy for children, however waiting lists can be long, therapy isn't as readily available as children need it, and appointment times aren't suitable. Private therapy is available, providing a flexible option to be combined with NHS therapy.
I give all my clients a very thorough assessment, this allows me to explain to parents exactly what their child’s skills and difficulties are, and what needs to be done to help them. A written report will be provided if necessary, this will help form a firm foundation for ongoing therapy.
I work with parents and teachers to devise a thorough therapy plan for the child, which will be followed for a specified length of time. I will then look at the child’s progress, before deciding what the next step is.