Speech & language therapy in Walton on Thames and surrounding areas
What to expect:
In the first appointment, we will ask you some questions about your concerns, and spend some time with your child to assess their skills. We like to find out what they are good at, and enjoy, as well as what they find tricky. We may use a formal assessment, or a play-based assessment. Sometimes, the assessment may take more than one session, for example, if your child needs a break or needs to be seen in multiple environments, in which case the follow-up session with be charged at a standard therapy session rate. The initial assessment will take between 45-60 minutes. This session will include a report following the assessment.
Number of appointments:
This will be discussed and decided with you, however, we often suggest working with a child for 6-8 weeks initially, and jointly review progress at the end of the block. Most progress is made when activities are carried out by parents between appointments.
Appointments are available weekdays and evenings with appointments both before, during and after school. Sessions last up to 45 minutes, which includes time for discussion with parents and/or teachers. Children can be seen in our therapy room in Walton-on-Thames, at home, in school or at nursery. The most appropriate location will be jointly agreed with parents. Therapy in school/nursery will require support from the school's SENCo.
Why see an independent therapist?:
There is no difference between the quality of therapy provided by therapists working for the NHS and those in independent practice, and all therapists are trained and qualified to the same high standards. The main difference is that an independent therapist can often see your child quicker, and offer more flexibility with appointments.
We adhere to strict guidelines for confidentiality, as set out by the RCSLT. With your consent, we will liaise with other professionals working with your child, such as teachers and nursery staff. If your child is also receiving care through their NHS SLT, we are able to work with them too.
We follow local and national safeguarding policy, and in rare occurrences we may need to break confidentiality to ensure the safety of a child or vulnerable person. We will always try to discuss this with you first.
We also receive clinical supervision, as set out by the RCSLT framework, and follow the Safeguarding Children guidelines.
We are registered under the Data Protection Act.
Sometimes, it may be appropriate to make a referral for your child to another professional, such as an Occupational Therapist, Educational Psychologist or paediatrician. This will be discussed with you if it is necessary.
Terms and conditions:
24 hours notice should be given for cancellations, or sessions will be charged at the full amount.