What is Speech therapy?
Speech therapy is a clinical program aimed at improving speech and language skills and oral motor abilities. This means talking, using sign language, or using a communication aid.
How long does speech therapy usually take?
The length of therapy depends on the severity of the problem and the rate of progress made in the therapy sessions and during reinforcement at home and in the community.
Can parents be involved in a child’s speech therapy?
Yes, direct parental involvement is encouraged throughout and is crucial towards success. As part of the treatment process the Speech Therapist can provide parents with a home programme developed around the specific needs of your child including stimulating reading material, resources and interactive activities to integrate into his/her everyday routine. This will greatly help your child's development and ensure targets are being achieved.
How long is each session?
Speech and language assessments take 60 - 90 minutes. Speech and language therapy sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour and vary depending on the difficulty presented along with the age of the patient. Younger children typically cope better with shorter appointments. This includes direct therapy with your child or an adult and time taken to discuss progress and addressing any queries you may have.
Can I pay for Speech therapy through my health insurance?
Yes. However, before commencing treatment we recommend that you check with your insurance provider the level of Speech and Language Therapy cover to which you are entitled.
How much does Speech & Language therapy cost?
Our aim is to make private Speech and Language Therapy affordable. Fees are based upon the recommended national guidelines for the profession. Details of our fees and Terms & Conditions are available on request. Simply get in touch and the Speech Therapist will be happy to provide you with these. All prices include take-home material and resources for parents, planning, preparation time and administration. Detailed reports are an additional cost.
How quickly can an adult or child be seen?
Normally we will arrange a visit by the Speech Therapist within one week. The short waiting time will ensure there is no delay in the treatment. We also carry out remote treatments, please contact us for further information on this.
Do I need a referral from my GP or Consultants?
No, a doctor's referral is not necessary for the assessment of your child's speech or language. Simply contact the Speech Therapist who will be happy to arrange an appointment.
Is there a link between speech problems and difficulty learning to read?
Research indicates that if a child's speech and language is not intelligible by five and a half years old it is probable that his/her literacy skills may be compromised.
Can you treat Adults with speech difficulty?
At Unlocking Language we assess, diagnose, and provide specialist treatment for adults with speech, language, communication, voice and swallowing difficulties for adults. A list of all the treatments we carry out for adults can be found <a href="http://unlockinglanguage.co.uk/treatments/adults/">here</a>.
What causes speech & language problems in children?
A family history of speech and language problems is often an indicator that a difficulty may develop; however, this is not always the case. Children who have experienced frequent ear infections with hearing loss often are at risk of developing speech sound difficulties. Some children may also have speech sound problems simply because they have learned to produce a sound incorrectly.