Speech and Language Therapists
Our team pride themselves in offering quality, evidence based care. The best interests of the children we support are at the heart of what we do. We provide holistic assessment of children’s needs and decide on the best way to support them by building on their strengths. Our children may have a primary speech, language and communication difficulty or they may have difficulties that are secondary to other conditions. This may include:
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Speech Sound Delay/Disorder
- Language Delay
- Developmental Language Disorder
- Pragmatic Language Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Condition
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chromosomal/Genetic Disorders
- Global Developmental Delay
- Hearing Impairment
Help may be given through advice, individual intervention or group intervention. Support for parents/carers is given to help them carry out activities at home alongside support for education staff to implement advice at nursery/school. We have substantial training, certification and experience enabling us to tailor intervention plans to meet the individual needs of children and their families as well as incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches.
Speech refers to the sounds used in words. Using fun and motivating games, we encourage children to listen to sounds, help them store sounds correctly and practice saying sounds in words and sentences. Sometimes an approach called PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) can be used in which cues are given to help the brain and mouth work together. Speech can also refer to fluent tasking. We support children who stammer by addressing the underlying need as well as help with environmental and psychological factors using approaches such as Michael Palin Parent Child Interaction.
Language means understanding what is being said, listening and following instructions, using words and joining words together in sentences. We use engaging activities to help children develop their attention and play skills which are the foundations for language learning. We also use tools such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to help children develop a reliable and effective system to get across their thoughts and ideas. This often involves visual systems like communication boards, as well as technology devices such as iPads.
Communication means understanding how to interact with others, as well as how to use language in social ways. We support parents/careers and educations staff to help children develop these skills in natural ways plays through approaches such as Hanen and Intensive Interaction Interaction. AAC, such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is also used to help children develop spontaneous, intentional communication and enable them to use language for different reasons. We support children to understand our social world by developing their thinking skills using approaches such as Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation. We also offer group interventions to facilitate the development of a wide range of social skills through play e.g. Lego Therapy.
Feeding refers to the skills involved in eating and drinking. Therapy in this area often focuses on oral motor strategies to promote muscle condition and function related to breathing, sucking, swallowing and chewing.
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