I see children and young people in the familiar setting of their own home, school or nursery. This where they are generally most at ease and I can see the best example of their communication skills.
The session will include discussion with you and/or education professionals to gather information about your child’s strengths, needs and development. I will also look at any written information you provide from other professionals, such as Teachers, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists and ABA tutors.
If the visit takes place at nursery or school, I will often observe your child in that setting and then spend time working with them directly. Depending on their age and ability, this may be informal and play-based or may include formal standardised tests to explore their speech, language and communication needs.
This will be followed by a brief report and suggested therapy plan. A more detailed report, such as that required to contribute to an EHCP, is also available upon request.
The most common outcomes of an initial assessment are:
- Recommended course of direct therapy delivered by a Speech and Language Therapist
- A programme of therapy to be delivered by others, e.g. parents and school/nursery
- No further support required