Isla came to The Talking House for some support with her speech. Here’s our case study on how we helped ‘Isla’ to master ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’ and ‘j’ sounds!

Background

Isla came to The Talking House for some support with her speech as she found making the sounds ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’ and ‘j’ tricky in all parts of a word. So instead of ‘shoe’ she said ‘su’. This was impacting upon her ability to be understood by others, her confidence in communicating and literacy skills.

How we helped Isla:

Our super SLT Melissa helped Isla by providing an intensive block of therapy over the Summer holiday, focusing on developing Isla’s listening, production of ‘sh’, ‘ch’ and ‘th’.

Games and new resources ensured that Isla (and Melissa) had fun and wanted to keep practising. For example, one game was hide and seek where Isla had to find the words that she and Melissa were looking for starting with the focus sound, which got Isla up and moving, making things more fun! Melissa gave homework to Isla after each session so that she could practise outside of therapy. This included games to play at home such as snakes and ladders and dominos.

Outcomes for Isla

Isla has practiced lots and worked really hard in clinic, at home and in school to develop her speech. She is now more confident when communicating and can be understood by others and school have commented on how much progress Isla has made.

Isla’s speech is now age appropriate and, in some areas, above where we would expect! Well done Isla!

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what Isla’s mum had to say:

“I was extremely impressed by the work undertaken with my daughter over the last six months. When we started our sessions I can remember thinking that we would have to undergo years of therapy to get over her speech challenges but the changes made in such a short period of time have been remarkable. Their ability to build up a rapport so quickly, and their patience and humour was greatly appreciated. We both enjoyed coming to the sessions, and we both thank you very much indeed.I would most certainly recommend The Talking House to others worried about speech and language development.”

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