Assessment is a vital part of the process and gives us a starting point for any further input. Assessment is based on 2 elements:
- informal assessment whereby speech and language skills are observed during play based activities and interactions.
- formal assessment whereby specific speech and language skills are elicited and compared to norms.
The aim of assessment is to tell us:
- if there is a difficulty with speech or language skills
- how significant the difficulty is compared to other children of the same age
- if development is delayed or disordered
- what specific areas of speech or language need targeting
- what strategies can be used to support your child's speech and language skills
Three things may happen after assessment:
- we decide that no further sessions are currently required. You will be provided with a short report including any relevant advice. You would then be free to contact us for further follow-up sessions if you felt necessary in the future.
- we decide to have a follow-up session where advice, including activities and strategies, is provided and demonstrated. You would then be free to contact us for further sessions if you felt necessary in the future.
- we decide that therapy is needed and wanted and we agree on the number of therapy sessions that is appropriate.
Language therapy will be aimed at one or more of the following:
- increasing your child's vocabulary
- increasing the number of words your child can put together in a sentence
- improving your child's grammatical skills
- improving your child's understanding of what is said to them
We will determine what stage your child's language development is at currently and the aim of the therapy will be to support movement on to the next stage. Appropriate multi-sensory strategies will be used in play based activities to support your child in achieving their potential.
Speech Sound Therapy
Speech sound therapy will be aimed at one or more of the following:
- improving your child's ability to say particular sounds
- improving your child's ability to say particular word structures
- improving your child's ability to listen and discriminate between sounds
- improving your child's awareness of sounds (phonological awareness skills)
All these will have the overall aims of making your child easier to understand and minimising the impact of speech sound difficulties on your child's developing literacy skills.
The nature of your child's speech sound difficulties (for example delay, disorder, Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia) will indicate the type of therapy that will be best for your child. Specific therapeutic techniques will be used in play based activities to support your child to develop the necessary skills.
As with any form of learning it is important that the skills being developed are included in your child’s daily routine. The aim will be to provide you with functional ideas of how to integrate speech and language enrichment strategies into your day-to-day life.
It is important to liaise with other people involved with your child, including child minders and teachers, so that everyone is working together to get the best results possible.
Therapy will be tailored to your child's age and particular interests. The aim is that the therapy will be fun, motivating, relevant and achievable for your child.