Speech and Language Therapy

Tots2Teens Speech and Language Therapy service offers a child and family centred approach to support children and young people with speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties.

We have a deep understanding of childhood development that allows us to support a range of communication difficulties:

  • A speech/articulation delay or disorder - The speech therapist can assess your child's speech to find a pattern to the speech sound errors and provide you with therapy exercises to help.
  • A delay in starting to speak - Difficulties expressing needs and wants.
  • Social Communication - Your child may have difficulty initiating interaction, maintaining a conversation, giving eye contact, and turn-taking. They may have difficulty understanding what is expected of them in a social situation or find it hard to follow social rules.
  • Attention and Listening – difficulty focussing on activities and attending to tasks.
  • Specific language impairment - Your child may not be following the typical pattern of language development and this cannot be accounted for by language delay, global developmental delay or other conditions such as autism or cerebral palsy.
  • Expressive and/or receptive language delay/disorder - Your child may have a reduced vocabulary or find it difficult to express himself. They may need help to follow instructions or what is being said.

We promote positive outcomes for children by using a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child and family.
Therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being include:

  • Provision of therapy programmes
  • Specialist equipment, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication strategies (AAC)
  • Modelling treatment sessions or providing training for parents, carers and school staff.

Assessment

An initial assessment for your child provides an opportunity to meet you and your child and carry out a mixture of observation and formal/informal assessment. A case history will be taken to find out about your child's developmental history. For example, whether they have had their hearing tested and when they said their first words.

Therapy

After setting therapy goals, we offer a range of therapeutic solutions with different levels of support and feedback. Therapy is play-based and activities focus on developing specific skills and generalising them. We can also advise Nursery or School settings on how they can support your child’s difficulties.

All Speech and Language Therapists are registered with the national regulatory body, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) which maintains an online register of all Speech and Language Therapists meeting the required standards. www.hpc-uk.org