Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) : Parents
Q1: How does my child get referred?
If you are concerned about your child’s speech, language or communication you may directly refer your child to me. Some basic information will be required at the referral stage regarding your child’s details and your main concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication. You can fill in the talk4life contact form here and I will then contact you to discuss further. Alternatively you may wish to discuss the referral form with me by phone first before completing it – 07896 844838.
I also accept referrals from health visitors, GPs and educational staff. However, these professionals will need to have gained parental permission before I can see the child/young person.
Q2: What happens if you see my child and you’re not concerned about their speech, language or communication (SLC)?
If your child is assessed, and is developing ‘typically’ (have SLC skills which are developing typically or as expected for a child of their age) they are unlikely to need any further help, or progress to the therapy/ intervention stage.
Q3: What causes SLCN?
Sometimes there is a cause for the child’s speech, language or communication needs such a hearing loss, learning disabilities, autism or head injury but often there is no known or apparent cause for the difficulty.
Q4: What happens if my child has already been seen by an NHS therapist?
If your child/young person has already undergone an NHS assessment, they may still access therapy with talk4life. Where there has been involvement with an NHS speech and language therapy service, I will liaise with the NHS therapist to ensure best practice and continuity of care.
Alternatively, sometimes your child/young person may complete the initial assessment with talk4life and then wait for NHS speech and language therapy.
Q5: What happens when my child reaches their therapy goals?
When your child has achieved the goals set at the start of therapy, it may be helpful to have a ‘break’. The break can enable your child / young person to practise and embed the skills they have learnt from therapy. After the agreed ‘break’ time (which may be several months), I can review their progress and discuss it with you. If through discussion, further therapy is required, follow up sessions may be agreed.