Terms and Conditions
LOCATION OF SESSIONS
Sessions can take place at your home or your child’s school/nursery. It is requested that parents provide a quiet environment, free from distraction (e.g. phone, TV). It is also expected that you will stay with your child for the duration of the session. When a session is arranged at a child's school/nursery the school must be informed and be in agreement. It is expected that a member of staff will be available to observe and discuss the session.
ROLE OF PARENT/CARER
Regular home support is vital in ensuring the best outcomes from therapy. The therapist will discuss appropriate strategies and activities and how frequently specific tasks should be carried out at home. It is essential that you commit to carrying out the advice provided in order for the expected level of progress to be made.
FREQUENCY OF THERAPY SESSIONS
In some cases assessment will need to be continued over more than one session. If this is the case, further assessment sessions will be charged at the standard therapy/advice session rate.
Following assessment, it will be decided whether therapy and/or advice sessions are required. The frequency of therapy sessions will be agreed. Sessions will be weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the needs of the child. It is not always easy to predict how many sessions of therapy will be required. In cases where it is likely that long term therapy will be necessary, a specific number of treatment sessions will be agreed and a mutual review of arrangements will take place at the end of that block of sessions.
Fees are in accordance with the guidelines set by the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) which is approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
Fees are currently £90.00 for an initial assessment session and £60.00 for any further assessment, advice or therapy sessions.
The fee includes time spent outside the session in planning, preparing therapy materials, and any necessary telephone/email liaison with parents and other professionals. It also includes the cost of assessment and paper based therapy materials.
Other services will be charged at £60 per hour, including:
- Attendance at meetings with other professionals.
- Consultation visits to schools / nurseries / child minders.
- Written reports, letters and therapy programmes (charged in respect to the time taken to prepare them).
Fees are subject to annual review.
Travel within a 5 mile radius of Gomersal (BD19) is free. A flat rate travel charge is applied for journeys of further than 5 miles:
- 5-10 miles journey to child's home/school £5.00
- 10-15 miles journey to child's home/school £10.00
In exceptional circumstances, the therapist will travel beyond a 15 mile radius. In such cases, an additional charge of £30 per hour travel time will apply.
All fees are agreed prior to the start of therapy. All sessions must be paid for in advance or on the day. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or direct bank transfer. A written receipt can be provided on request.
If a session is not paid for on the day, further sessions may be suspended until payment has been made. One reminder will be sent after which payment must be received if debt collection proceedings are to be avoided.
CANCELLATION OF APPOINTMENTS
It is appreciated that sessions may have to be cancelled at short notice due to illness. There is no charge for cancelled sessions providing there is a valid reason given. If more than 2 sessions in a row are cancelled or missed, therapy may be put on hold until circumstances permit regular attendance.
If the therapist is unable to attend an appointment, the maximum possible notice will be given and the appointment will be rescheduled.
Missed appointments will be charged at £60 per session. If a child’s therapy session is scheduled to take place at school, it is the parents’ responsibility to inform the therapist directly if their child is not at school on that day.
All children are eligible for speech and language therapy within their local NHS trust. Children that are currently receiving therapy from an NHS therapist or are on the waiting list must inform the independent therapist. The NHS therapist should also be informed of any independent therapist involvement to ensure effective treatment.
However, consent for cross professional liaison will be sought from parents who have the right to decline consent for contact with other professionals.
TERMINATION OF THERAPY
It is within the therapist's rights to terminate therapy with 24 hours notice. It is within the rights of the client to terminate therapy with 24 hours notice.
At this time no clients will be taken on to support medico-legal or tribunal processes.
TYPE OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DIFFICULTY
The therapist has up-to-date training and considerable knowledge and skills in working with children who have speech sound difficulties and language impairment.
The therapist has knowledge and skills related to assessment, monitoring and advice for early childhood stammering (developmental dysfluency).
The therapist has a developing interest in Autism and is under-going learning and development in this area. If Autism is found to be the primary area of need, a discussion will take place about whether the therapist is the best person to support the child and family, or whether alternative, more specialist, support is needed.