FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions in relation to our services. If we haven’t answered your question below, just give us a call and we’d be happy to answer any additional queries you may have.

Individual & Private Therapy

Simply call or email us. We’d be happy to discuss things through with you free of charge. Your child’s Health Visitor, School or Nursery may be able to help you make an informed decision.

No, don’t worry – you won’t lose your place on an NHS waiting list or have sessions withdrawn/reduced if you go private. There are clear professional guidelines to ensure that Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) in the NHS and private practice work together, although we won’t share any information with anyone unless you give us permission to do so. The same goes for schools and nurseries; we can complement the existing service without you losing out on anything.

Great idea! Lots of people see private therapists while they are waiting to reach the top of an NHS waiting list or use it to fill the gaps between NHS sessions. There’s absolutely no reason why the two can’t run alongside each other and, provided we have your consent, we are more than happy to liaise with your child or school’s NHS Speech and Language Therapist. Many SpeechWise Therapists also work or have worked in the NHS so we know how to best work with your child’s NHS therapist. 

We’d love to! We have a wealth of experience working in schools and nurseries of all types and are happy for the school or nursery staff working with your child to be present during sessions so they can practice with your child.

 

We can see your child for a second opinion and give you an honest and unbiased answer about what your child’s needs.

We don’t have one. Some developmental conditions are diagnosed very early or at birth, so there is a role for advice and support very early on. This may include children with feeding and swallowing difficulties – something which may occur in very young children or babies.

This depends entirely on the child’s needs. After an assessment, we would advise the parent on whether they need any intervention or not and what form that should take; from 1:1 weekly/fortnightly therapy, to a programme of activities to practise at home or school.

Schools and Nurseries

We have loads of ideas and strategies that we can help you with, from targeted small group speech and language activities to whole class approaches designed to work hand-in-hand with the curriculum.

We understand your frustration and would be happy to make use of the information you already have on your child, provided that it is up to date. Once we have looked through the relevant information, we can discuss with you any gaps we need to fill and how we can get started with therapy quickly and with minimal fuss.

We can work together with your child’s support assistant and/or teaching staff to help them meet a child’s needs. We can also provide training for staff to further their understanding of your child’s specific needs.

Yes, we can contribute reports if required during the assessment process leading up to the EHC plan being issued and also meet the Speech and Language Therapy needs identified in the EHC.

This is a short training session with teachers and staff lasting 1-3 hours after school, i.e. from 3.30 pm onwards.

SpeechWise Services

Our small team is made up of professionally qualified Speech and Language Therapists, all of whom have a degree-level qualification in Speech and Language Therapy. We are all registered with our professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council (see www.hpc-uk.org). We all have up-to-date CRB checks too. Working in a team allows us to share best practices from our range of experience and provide professional supervision to ensure high standards of care.

We have a wealth of experience working in a variety of specialisms and we’re all dedicated to ensuring you receive the highest quality therapy.

Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of communication from late talkers to children with complex special needs. We can help with Speech Sound/Pronunciation difficulties, Specific Language Impairment, Comprehension/ Receptive language difficulties, Expressive Language difficulties, Dyspraxia, Autism, AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication), Downs Syndrome, as well as other learning difficulties.

There are 4 key areas of communication. Children may experience difficulties in one or more of these areas:

  • Speech – a child’s ability to pronounce sounds in words correctly.
  • Understanding Language – also referred to as Language Comprehension or Receptive Language – when a child has difficulty understanding what other people are saying to them.
  • Spoken language – also referred to as Expressive Language – refers to the words that a child uses, their ability to put sentences together and use the right word-endings or ‘filling in’ words like ‘is’, ‘-ing’, etc. It also includes the ability to join sentences together to tell news or stories.
  • Social Interaction or Social Communication – the ability to make a social connection with someone else, with or without talking. It includes the ability to make appropriate eye contact, understand and use appropriate facial expressions and tone of voice, form friendships and use social cues to make predictions about what might be happening in a certain situation.

In addition to communication difficulties, Speech and Language Therapists can also work with babies and children who have difficulties with feeding and swallowing, which may include problems with drinking, chewing and swallowing food and drink safely.

Just give us a call, we’re here to help. You can ask us anything and we’ll help you decide what is right for you, without pushing you into signing up.

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