Some children are late talkers and do catch up with other children of the same age. However, it depends on the individual child and the type of talking difficulties he is experiencing. If you are concerned about your child’s talking, it is always best to make contact with Speech Right to talk through your concerns and identify if an initial assessment is needed.
Speech sounds develop at different times, with ‘earlier’ sounds (such as ‘p,b,m’) typically developing before ‘later’ sounds (such as ‘r, ch, j’). Therefore, as children are developing their speech sounds they often make typical changes and errors as they switch the ‘later/difficult’ sounds for ‘earlier/easier’ sounds.
Some children can sometimes have specific difficulties such as ‘dyspraxia’ which affect their ability to make clear speech sounds/words.
Contact Speech Right to identify if your child is making sound changes that are typical for her age or if her speech sounds would benefit from further support.
Speech and language difficulties can impact on different areas of your child’s school life. It can affect your child’s:
- Ability to communicate his ideas to others
- Understanding of instructions and work given to him
- Ability to make friends with his peers
- Self-esteem and confidence within the school setting
Early support for his speech and language difficulties can reduce the impact of them on his school life.
We will check with your health insurance provider to determine if outpatient physical therapy services are covered under your plan. We recommend that you confirm your insurance coverage.
Lots of children between the ages of 2-5 years go through a period of ‘normal stuttering’ as their language is developing and they are practising putting words together and saying different sounds. Most children ‘outgrow’ this period of normal stuttering as their language develops. However, for some children, the stuttering does not disappear and the stutter can stay with them for the long-term.
There are ‘risk factors’ which indicate if a child’s stutter is part of normal language development or if it is something which could last longer. There are also lots of ideas/strategies that can be used to ensure that a child’s home and school environment encourage ‘smooth’/fluent talking.
By receiving support early, the effects of stuttering on a child, can be limited and your child can continue to develop into a confident communicator.
You will be asked for background information about:
- You/your child’s medical, developmental and educational history
- You/your child’s current speech and language skills
- Your concerns with your/your child’s speech and language skills
This will help to identify areas to assess more closely.
Assessment will then take place through a variety of formal/informal methods. For a child, a lot of the assessment will take place through play so the child is having fun and not aware that they are being assessed.
Following this, discussion will take place explaining the outcome of the assessment and any diagnosis and suggestions of what to do next.
A short report will then be written of the session. A more detailed report can be written if this is requested.
Initial assessments will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
No two therapy sessions are alike! Each therapy session will be specifically adapted to the needs of the individual child/adult.
Before beginning therapy, targets and outcomes for the input will be identified and each session will involve a variety of activities aimed at working towards achieving these.
For children, these activities will involve a lot of play-based games so, again, the children feel as though they are ‘having fun’ rather than ‘working.’ Parents/carers will be encouraged to take part in these activities with their child.
At the end of each session, you will be provided with ideas and resources to continue the activities at home.
Each therapy session lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Yes, Speech Right can visit your child in the school/nursery setting with the setting’s agreement. A decision will be made on the best place for your child to be seen; home , Speech Right clinic room, school or nursery.
Speech and language therapy acts to support children and adults to develop their best possible communication skills. Generally support is no longer needed when you/your child:
- Feels confident communicating
- Has achieved speech and language skills appropriate for your/their general developmental level.
- People around you/your child know what strategies/activities to use to support continued speech and language progress.
Following the initial assessment, the therapy options which are felt to be best for you/your child will be discussed with you. This will give an indication of the length of support needed and the cost.
Yes, but only those who have fluency difficulties: stuttering and cluttering. Speech Right has experiencing in providing a range of individual approaches to support adults who stutter and/or clutter. An informal initial assessment will take place to gain information about you, your stutter and ways in which Speech Right can support you.
- Speak fluently
- Say words clearly
- Use sentences
- Put words into the right order in sentences
- Use the right words
- Follow instructions
- Understand different words
- Concentrate and listen to what is being said
- Use appropriate social skills
- Make friends
Those who have been diagnosed with;
- A stutter/stammer
- Specific language impairment
- Learning difficulties
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Hearing impairment
- Cleft lip and palate