Preschool children service- Child and adolescent speech and language therapy
Children who have not started school yet will be seen by our preschool service. Only children whose speech and language skills are delayed by over 1 year will be accepted.
Once we receive a referral for your child, we will send you a form requesting further information about your child’s development. This allows us to make informed decisions about the support that suits your child best.
Your child will be allocated directly to group therapy (see information below) if we have enough clinical information to do so. Should we not be able to make a clinical decision using the information you provide us, then your child will be invited to an initial assessment session that will define future support.
Individual therapy is offered to children with disordered or severe difficulties in the area of speech, language or communication, those who find group situations difficult and those who require a more specialized approach to therapy. To start with, children are offered a block of five sessions followed by a review session that usually takes place 6 weeks later. Future support is agreed at the review session.
Individual sessions are usually carried out in a clinical setting but nursery visits may be carried out in order to model intervention and support the preschool setting if appropriate.
Group therapy sessions consist of 4-6 children who have a shared difficulty in terms of language development. Children are offered blocks of five weekly sessions followed by a review session that usually takes place 6 weeks later. Future support is agreed at this stage.
Sessions are usually carried out by a Speech and language therapy assistant and a Speech and Language therapist.