Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teachers / other educational professionals
Q1: How can I refer a child / young person I am concerned about?
If you are an educational professional concerned about the speech, language or communication of a child / young person (CYP) you work with, it is usual to discuss your concerns with the designated SEN Co-ordinator (SENCO) in your setting, who can then complete 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. You will need to have gained permission from the child’s or young person’s parents, before you can then refer the child/YP to me.
I also accept referrals from other professionals including health visitors, GPs and educational psychologists. These professionals will also need to have been given parental permission before I can see the child/young person.
Q2: What happens if you see the child and you’re not concerned about their speech, language or communication (SLC)?
If the 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: Can you see referred children/young people at school?
Children can been seen for assessment as well as regular therapy / intervention in a school / nursery or other educational setting, provided parents have given written consent.
Q4: What happens if the child has already been seen by an NHS therapist?
If the 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 the child/young person may complete the initial assessment with talk4life and then wait for NHS speech and language therapy.
Q5: What happens when the child reaches their therapy goals?
When the child has achieved the goals set at the start of therapy, it may be helpful to have a ‘break’. The break can enable the 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.
Q6: Can you see several children/young people with similar needs for therapy?
I would need to assess each child/young person to determine if the children required therapy and then, how therapy would best be tailored to their individual needs. This process would require permission from and discussion with parents. If appropriate, group therapy may be offered to a number of children with similar needs in a school /educational setting with parental consent.
Q7: 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.