Children’s Speech Therapy in South West Hert

KIDSSPEAK with Judy Harris                                                                                                          020 8950 5796

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I am a registered Independent Children’s Speech and Language Therapist based in Bushey Heath.  I have 25 years of experience and have a primary interest in working with children who have delays / disorders in language and speech sound development from 18 months – 11 years of age.


BSc. (Hons) Speech & Language Pathology, Central School of Speech & Drama 1992.

MSc. Joint Professional Practice, City University / Institute of Education 2008.

I offer assessment and therapy to children aged 18 months – 11 years from my home, your home or in the nursery / school environment.

Parents, carers and educators are encouraged to take an active role in the therapy process and to achieve the best and most accelerated outcome input may take place in different settings to ensure all those involved with your child are aware of how best to support communication needs and feel confident to do so.

Therapy Services

I work with a range of children with a wide variety of communication needs including:

  • Language Delay / Disorder
  • Speech Sound Delay / Disorder
  • Auditory Processing Difficulties (Provider of The Listening Program)
  • Glue ear

Initial Consultation

This involves taking a case history about the client’s development followed by a baseline assessment. The clients speech, language and communication skills are assessed using standardised assessments and informal observation.

The initial consultation can take between 60 to 90 minutes.

What to expect

A free no obligation telephone consultation is available to everyone. Give me a call to have an informal chat to discuss speech and language development and concerns.

If you would like to proceed an initial assessment is required to determine your child’s strengths and needs in relation to their communication skills. This assessment may be formal or informal (play based) depending on your child’s age and stage of development. A report is written from this assessment outlining findings and recommendations.

These next steps could be:

  • Advice and review after an agreed time period.
  • Therapy sessions – individual sessions tailored to your child’s specific needs.
  • Therapy programmes – where appropriate a written programme and resources for home and nursery/school can be provided instead of a direct block of therapy.
  • Discharge – if your child’s speech and/or language skills are found to be within the expected range for their age.

Fees are available on request. If you have private healthcare please check to see if Speech and Language Therapy is covered. I work with most major insurance companies.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t know if my child needs speech therapy – should I wait until he/she is older, maybe they will grow out of it?

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language skills do not wait to seek advice.  If something is worrying you about their development give me  call for a fre, confidential chat.  I can advise you whether an assessment is recommended at this stage and can talk you through any concerns you may have.

If I would like an appointment how long will I have to wait?

1-2 weeks generally during term time.

Where will I/my child be seen?

Generally the initial assessment will take place in my home or your child’s school should the issue be primarily affecting curriculum access. Home visits can be arranged and may be more appropriate for younger children.

How long do assessment and therapy sessions last?

Assessment is usually around an hour to an hour and a half (including time spent talking to parents/teachers). Therapy sessions are approximately 45 minutes.

What happens during an assessment session?

Informal and formal assessment may be used (depending on the nature of the problem, age of the child etc).  Areas looked at include speech intelligibility, language comprehension (understanding), expressive language (use of language), social interaction skills and fluency.  Time will be spent discussing the findings and giving advice/recommendations after the session.  An assessment report will be written within a week of assessment unless otherwise agreed.  Further input options will be discussed (if required).  There is no obligation for therapy following the assessment.

What happens during a therapy session?

Following assessment, Therapy targets are set and delivered within therapy sessions. A Therapy session usually lasts between 45 to 60 minutes.

I work closely with your child, family members and other professionals (eg. teachers) in order to build up their communication skills in different environments and activities are provided for practise at home.

I am seeing an NHS speech and language therapist. Can I see you as well?

Yes. The RCSLT guidelines endorse collaborative practice and so you can choose to use an Independent Speech and Language Therapist whilst on the waiting list, attend both independent and NHS simultaneously or opt-out of the NHS.

Why should I choose private speech therapy?

You may wish to opt for private speech therapy as the waiting time is generally shorter than on the NHS and appointments can be more flexible to fit in around you/your child’s commitments.  However, private speech therapy does not have to be an alternative to the NHS and many families use both services successfully.

Can I pay through my insurance?

Yes you can, but you need to check with your insurance company first.

How much will it cost?

Fees are available on request – please contact Judy on 020 8950 5796

Please fill out the form below if you would like to be contacted about Independent Speech and Language Therapy.  Alternatively please call (or email) for a free, confidential discussion regarding your/your child’s communication needs:

020 8950 5796


Please do leave a message or send a text.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible.  Text messages or emails will also be dealt with promptly, generally within 1-2 days. Thank you!


Useful links

Below are links to websites which you may find useful.

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