Working With Parents
Experience tells us children are usually more comfortable and relaxed in a familiar setting. Appointments are therefore offered in the child’s own home or educational setting, to suit their individual needs.
Our belief is that in order for a child to engage in assessment and therapy it has to be fun! Play is often used to deliver therapy and gather assessment information. For children to be able to work effectively, they need to feel happy, motivated and encouraged to succeed.
Parents play a key role in the therapy and assessment process and are encouraged to actively participate, empowering and equipping them to continue therapy outside of sessions.
What to expect…
Initial Consultation – This will typically last between 60 – 90 minutes, but is dependent on a child’s age and ability to concentrate. It will include some or all of the following:
- A discussion with parents/carers about their concerns and a history of the childs development, including their speech and language development.
- Observation of the child using their speech and language whilst playing.
- Formal and/or informal assessment of the child’s speech and language skills.
- Assessment results will then be discussed with their parent/carer and recommendations made as to the next steps.
- A written summary or detailed report can also be provided, for an additional fee.
It is important to consider how children communicate in all of their environments and we will seek to liaise with other key people in their lives such as school/pre-school staff and NHS professionals, where appropriate, and with parental consent.
Best practise dictates that an Independent Speech and Language Therapist will always liaise with an NHS Speech and Language Therapist if involved, to promote continuity of care. Contact will be made with your consent only.
Please contact us if you have any queries or concerns about your childs speech and language development and would like to book an assessment or therapy session.