Free initial telephone enquiry/consultation
If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication, please call or email me to discuss your worries. We can see if further action is required.
An initial feeding assessment would usually take place in your home where your child is comfortable. In some cases, an initial assessment may be carried out in your child’s preschool, however it is important that parents are present. Prior to your child’s initial assessment, it may be useful to share any recent reports that you have about your child (e.g. reports from the paediatrician, educational psychologist or education reports).
The assessment will involve talking with you about your child’s early history (e.g. birth, medical history, developmental milestones) as well as your current concerns. I will observe your child in play and may try to engage them in some structured activities for formal and informal assessment. During this assessment, I will be looking at your child’s attention and listening skills, play, understanding and use of language, speech sounds as well as how they interact and communicate with those around them.
At the end of the session I will feedback from my assessment and discuss ways you can help your child develop their speech, language and/or communication difficulties. I will also make recommendations for any further support your child may require (e.g. ongoing monitoring, therapy sessions, referrals to other professionals).
Following your initial assessment, I will provide a brief report and written summary of the advice discussed. This may include basic resources and advice sheets. If you would like a more detailed report and/or advice, this can be provided for an additional fee.
Following an initial assessment, you may be given advice and strategies to try with your child over an agreed period of time. This may include “targets” for you to work towards with your child in supporting them with their speech, language and /or communication. It may be recommended that this advice is reviewed after an agreed timescale through a further home visit.
During this home visit, we will discuss your child’s progress and how easy or difficult you have found it to carry out the advice. I may also carry out further observations/assessment to determine your child’s level of progress and to update the previous advice/strategies/targets.
Your child may benefit from some intervention sessions to help them move forward with their speech, language and/or communication. These sessions will usually take place in the comfort of your own home, but may also be carried out in your child’s preschool. At the first session, we will discuss and agree targets for your child to work towards and these will then be worked on within the intervention sessions. The sessions will involve fun activities, modelling strategies and time for discussion and feedback. All toys, resources and equipment will be provided. You will be encouraged to join in these sessions with your child and to continue carrying out some activities in between sessions.
If it is recommended that your child would benefit from a series of intervention sessions, dates/times can be pre-booked in advance. The timescale and frequency of sessions will be discussed with you to best meet the needs of you and your child.
It may be useful to see your child in their preschool. Children can present very differently at home to how they do in their preschool where they are presented with a different set of challenges. A preschool visit would only be carried out with the consent of parents/carers, but it may not need parents/carers to be present. A preschool visit may be useful to:
- carry out further observations/assessment of your child in their education setting
- liaise and discuss your child’s progress with their teachers
- give advice about how education practitioners can support your child in their preschool/school setting
- demonstrate and model strategies and interventions relevant to your child’s needs
- discuss ways that the preschool can support your child with their speech/language/communication difficulties within the preschool setting.
It may be useful to meet with parents/carers at the preschool/school during my visit to agree advice and recommendations. Otherwise parents/carers will be contacted by telephone following the visit to feedback and discuss recommendations/advice.
Written therapy programme and resources
Following an assessment, some children may benefit from a detailed therapy programme which can be carried out by parents and preschool practitioners. This would include written targets and detailed activities to work towards these targets with your child. Therapy programmes may be discussed and modelled with you (or your child’s preschool) to help you understand how to carry out the activities independently.
Detailed written report
A detailed written report may be written on request, following an initial assessment. The report may document your child’s strengths, difficulties and areas of need as well as recommendations and advice. A detailed report may be used to make further referrals if indicated (e.g. to paediatrician, educational psychologist, occupational therapist).
Please note that I do not write reports for tribunals or for medico-legal reasons.
Education, Health and Care reports
Reports for Education, Health and Care plans may be written on request. Please note, it may be necessary to carry out a full assessment before being able to write an EHC report.
I can attend professionals meetings for an agreed fee (e.g. IEP meetings at preschool, multi-disciplinary meetings). I am also happy to do joint appointments with other professionals (e.g. dietician, occupational therapist), however this would only take place with your consent and with the agreement of the other professionals involved