frequently asked questions
Does my child need to see a Speech and Language Therapist?There is a normal pattern of development that children go through when learning to communicate. As part of this process, there are mistakes a child will make that are typical and these are not a cause for concern and will often disappear as he/she develops. To find out about what you should expect at different ages and when there may be a need to see a Speech and Language Therapist go to http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/Parent.aspx. If you have any queries, please get in touch and we can discuss your child's needs.
Why choose independent speech and language therapy?
Independent and NHS therapists have the same training and qualifications and will offer similar therapy. Independent therapists can generally offer appointments sooner and are often able to offer greater flexibility in terms of frequency of sessions and times that fit in with your family's needs. Independent therapists can also offer therapy in a variety of settings including your own home, schools or nurseries.
Where will you see my child?
This will depend on your child and where we decide is the most beneficial environment. Initial assessment will usually be in your own home. We can then decide where it would be best for your child's therapy sessions to take place. As well as your home, you can be seen in the play room at Claire's home or in your child's school or nursery. This can be flexible, and we can change venue as needs change.
What areas do you travel to?
Reach4Speech offers a service to anywhere within a 15 mile radius of Gomersal (BD19).
Areas covered include Cleckheaton, Birkenshaw, Tong, Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury , Heckmondwike, Huddersfield, Mirfield, Morley, Gildersome,Tingley, East Ardsley, Wakefield, Ossett, Halifax, Brighouse, Liversedge, Drighlington, East bierley, and Oakenshaw.
How many sessions will my child need?
This will depend on your child's age and individual needs and on the type of therapy they require. Your level of concern and your budget will be considered alongside what the research evidence recommends. After assessment, we will decide on the number of sessions. We will monitor progress throughout this time. It is usually appropriate to have a break from therapy once specific skills have been targeted. Depending on the nature and severity your child's difficulties, therapy could last from just a few weeks to a number of months. Children with significant difficulties may need longer term support. Parents are free to withdraw their child from therapy at any time.
My child is on an NHS waiting list. Can you help while we wait?
Yes. An assessment session is usually offered within 1-2 weeks of a parent contacting us. We can offer interim advice or therapy until you get an appointment within the NHS. Once you have had your NHS appointment you can choose to stop having independent therapy or your child can have therapy from both the NHS and an independent therapist at the same time.
My child is being seen by an NHS therapist. Will you contact them?
Yes, with your consent. The aim is to collaborate with all other professionals involved with your child. This will help to ensure the best possible outcomes.
What is my role as a parent?
You will be present during the session so that techniques and activities can be demonstrated. Therapy is seen very much as something that the therapist and parents work on together. You will be given ideas of activities and ways to support therapy at home and it is important that these are followed through in order for your child to make the most progress. Advice and activities will be practical and easy to implement into your day.
What types of speech and language difficulties do you work with?
Claire has up-to-date training and considerable knowledge and skills in working with children who have speech sound disorders and language impairment. There are areas of communication difficulty in which Claire does not currently practise. These include stammering, autism and severe learning difficulties. If you have any queries, please get in touch and we can discuss your concerns.
Can I claim for the cost of speech and language therapy?
If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim for the cost of speech and language therapy. It is the parents' responsibility to pay directly for sessions and then claim the fees from the insurance company. It is advised that parents check the extent and terms of their cover.