Speech and language therapists provide life-improving intervention for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. We assess, treat and support communication problems to help children communicate better. We work closely with families, education staff and other health professionals to develop individual treatment programmes.
We work with children whose needs include difficulties with:
Understanding what words mean, understanding instructions and conversation, ‘reading between the lines’, recalling words, forming accurate sentences, relating stories and events.
Speaking clearly, pronouncing words correctly.
Developing eye contact, making requests and starting a conversation, turn taking, social skills, understanding of social situations.
Getting stuck on words, repeating words or sounds, no sound coming out despite the child knowing what they want to say.
Husky or croaky voices.
When the child is able to talk but finds it difficult to speak in certain situations.
The type of therapy and recommended frequency of sessions varies depending on the type of difficulty, age of your child and the research evidence in that area.
How it’s delivered will depend on what motivates your child and puts them at ease; enjoyable therapy sessions and homework ideas help children engage with the therapy and make optimal progress.
It usually involves practise outside the session, which facilitates progress. It also ensures that new skills are developed in other situations from an early stage. Therapy can also provide information and advice to help the adults around your child to understand their needs more fully. For this reason, visits to school or nursery can sometimes be helpful. We aim for adults to feel confident in helping your child to overcome barriers and in supporting them and giving them opportunities to use new skills learnt in therapy sessions in their everyday life.
Ultimately, the outcome should be that, as your child’s communication skills improve, you feel confident to handle situations and you no longer feel that input from a speech and language therapist is necessary.