I offer a comprehensive, flexible service from individual assessment and therapy, reports and recommendations, to universal support and training in nurseries and schools. I am based in Stevenge and work predominantly across North Hertfordshire including Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth.
I utilise a range of assessment approaches and techniques to ascertain children's development, skills and needs. I predominantly use informal, play based approaches to assessment to outline a child's skills, and use developmental norms to highlight areas of delay. I am also able to offer formal language and speech assessments on request, whereby a standardised assessment is used to assess a child's skills and identify areas of need against national developmental norms. I use findings and outcomes from both informal and formal assessments to guide and inform goals for therapy.
I offer therapy sessions in a setting of your choice including home, nursery and school. Therapy sessions focus on goals outlined following assessment to support a child's area of need cross their speech, language and communication. Therapy sessions also aim to support parents' and adults' awareness and understanding of a child's needs, and to enable and empower them to support their child's speech, language and communication development. I can provide individual therapy, paired therapy sessions or group sessions to support children as appropriate.
I can provide either full assessment reports, or summary assessment/therapy reports on request. These aim to highlight a child's areas of strength and need across their speech, language and communication, and well as offering strategies to support areas of delay or disorder. Reports may also be provided and used to support referrals or applications to other services, or to highlight a child's difficulties to other professionals.
I offer training to parents and professionals across settings and can focus on a range of topics including early interaction and communication skills, raising awareness of speech and language development and difficulties, and alternative modes of communication (AAC) - among others. These are tailored to your specific setting and need so please get in contact if you are interested in organising a training package!
Liaison with Other Professionals
I will take time to liaise and work with other professionals involved in your child's care as appropriate including NHS staff, paediatricians and other medical specialists, education staff and social care. However, I will only do so on request and with parental permission.
I am able to make onwards referrals for further support and assessment as appropriate, both privately and within the NHS. This may include referrals to NHS speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, audiology for hearing assessments and other relevant health, education and social services within the local area.