I provide assessments and therapy for children aged between 18 months to 18 years. Sessions will usually take place either in my Harley Street clinic room or at your home, however, I can also offer sessions at nursery or at your child’s school. Initially a free telephone consultation will take place to discuss your child’s difficulties. At this point, if you want your child to be seen, an initial assessment will be arranged. Different therapy options and fees will also be discussed at this time.
Initial sessions ideally should take place either in my clinic room or at your home. Sessions last for 60 minutes. During this period, parental input and support is discussed. As well as establishing results, therapy management options and strategies will also be discussed. Assessments will either consist of formal comprehensive assessments or informal assessment depending on your child’s needs. Homework tasks will also be provided. It is essential that regular practise of homework takes place. These will be tailored to fit into your everyday lives but will also provide practical and exciting ideas to share and enjoy with all the family. Following the initial assessment, a full report can be provided if requested.
Therapy sessions usually take place in either my Harley Street clinic or at your home, however, nursery/school visits can also be arranged. Sessions last 60 minutes, including time for discussion with parents/school staff. Depending on your child’s abilities and needs, the frequency of intervention can be discussed. Therapy can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. As your child’s needs change, so will the frequency of required intervention.
Therapy sessions will mostly be face to face direct sessions, however, indirect sessions and training may also be required. This could include working with and training school staff as well as working directly with parents. Liaison with your child’s local NHS professionals may also be required. All of the above will support your child in all their environments and also encourage them to achieve their full potentials.
Nursery and School Support
‘Interaction and communication skills of children and young people will be improved by training those who live and work with them’ (Elklan). It is important to recognise if educational settings require training to aid their knowledge and provide them with support where it is needed to support your child with their speech, language and communication needs. This way of working ensures that strategies are effectively implemented to support the children in all settings and will encourage generalisation of their new skills. Strategies and contribution towards Individual Education Plan Targets can also be provided.
Liaison with other professionals
In order to gather a holistic view of your child and to provide the best support, it may be necessary to liaise with other professionals supporting your child’s life. This way of working ensures that your child’s needs are being met fully and also helps parents feel more supported, especially in cases when there are many different professionals involved. Multi professional liaison will only occur with full parental permission.