What is Speech and Language Therapy?
Speech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults. At the London Children’s Practice we specialise in the provision of speech and language therapy for children up to the age of 18. We work closely with families to fully assess the child’s needs and plan an appropriate intervention programme based on the needs of the child. Our service is provided in the form of assessments, reviews and regular or intensive therapy input.
Group sessions last from one to two hours and some children attend more than once a week. We run several groups that target language, speech sounds, specific language difficulties or social communication difficulties.All groups are run by a speech and language therapist and a speech language therapy assistant.
All London Children’s Practice therapists are fully qualified with many years of experience. All are registered with the Health Professional Council and meet the exacting standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
Speech and Language Therapy assessments usually last an hour, during which a case history will be taken and a range of formal and informal assessments will be used as appropriate. At the end of the session the therapist will feedback assessment findings and discuss future management options which may include referral onto other professionals. A detailed report including strategies and specific recommendations for your child’s therapy needs will then be written and distributed.
Therapy is available on an individual basis or within small groups. Some children may benefit from a combination of both individual and group therapy. School and home based therapy sessions are also provided. Therapy programmes including specific targets and strategies are developed with the child and family. At the London Children’s Practice we keep up to date in new therapy techniques and research in order to provide the best and most effective therapy for our families.
Group sessions last from one to two hours and some children attend more than once a week. Our early years nursery groups are for young children with communication difficulties and provide a structured total communication approach with the focus on language stimulation and functional communication. We also run several other groups that target speech sounds, specific language difficulties or social communication difficulties. We often find that many children make better progress if they receive speech and language therapy within a small group setting as the skills targeted are consolidated in a more realistic environment. All groups are run by a speech and language therapist and a speech language therapy assistant.
Our therapy assistants are also able to provide support to children in clinic, nursery, school placements or at home under the guidance of a qualified therapist. They are able to follow targets set by the child’s therapist in order to help consolidate skills learnt in therapy sessions into different settings.