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Speech & Language Therapy – how does it work?

Speech and Language Therapists at Sensory Space work independently to provide a range of services. These include: assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic treatments for children experiencing speech, language and communication difficulties.

Who do we see?

We see children with:

  • Developmental Language Disorder (DLD);
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Physical disabilities;
  • Down syndrome;
  • Poor attention and concentration skills;
  • Late talkers;
  • Difficulty following instructions;
  • Poor vocabulary development;
  • Speech Sound delay/disorder;(unclear speech, limited speech sounds);
  • Difficulty putting sentences together;
  • Oral motor difficulties (low muscle tone, drooling);
  • Intellectual disabilities;

Speech and Language Therapy Assessment

The parents and child are invited for an assessment which takes place in our Centre. Depending on the child’s age and level of ability, the assessment can be play-based or can involve standardised assessments.

If you are unsure of the assessment you require, please contact our Centre to discuss this with one of the Therapists. Parents will be provided with a written report and recommendations following the child’s assessment.

What does the SLT look at?

SLT looks at:

  • Speech sound development;
  • How sounds are produced? i.e. Does the child say ‘tar’ for ‘car’, ‘wed’ for ‘red’? ;
  • Language development;
  • The child’s understanding and use of language;
  • Social communication/Pragmatic development;
  • Looking at verbal and non-verbal communication. Does you child follow the often “unspoken” rules of conversation and storytelling (e.g. taking turns in conversations, looking at the speaker, standing at an appropriate distance from the speaker, using facial expressions and gestures);
  • Play skills;
  • Oral motor skills;
  • Use and function of the lips, tongue, jaw, teeth, and the hard and soft palates;
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties;

Speech and Language Therapy Intervention

Speech and Language Intervention may include:

  • Team-based intervention which involves joint sessions with Sensory Room Therapist /Psychologist and/or intervention specialists such as the Play or Art Therapists;
  • Parent training;
  • Teacher training;
  • Direct one-to-one therapy;
  • Group therapy;
  • Advice for home/preschool/school settings;
  • Home and/or school programmes;

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