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: