How do I know if my child needs Speech and Language Therapy? 2020-07-06T23:16:06+01:00

We understand how worrying it can be when you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development. We are here to help and are more than happy to chat through any concerns you may have. Parents contact us about a wide range of concerns. Some frequent worries are that my child:  

  • doesn’t listen to me and finds it hard to follow instructions 
  • doesn’t play in a typical way with toys 
  • isn’t talking yet/ isn’t saying many words
  • doesn’t talk in sentences 
  • doesn’t play with other children 
  • gets frustrated when I don’t understand what they want 
  • forgets words or uses the wrong words 
  • misses the sounds off words or uses the wrong sounds  
  • is difficult to understand 
  • can’t express what they mean 

Even if you have different worries – we are here to help.  

If you have any questions or worries about your child’s speech, language and communication development, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you can call in to one of our drop-in sessions for a free initial consultation (find out more about these on our events page). Whichever way you choose to contact us, one of our friendly therapists can chat through your worries and point you in the right direction.  

Where are you based?2020-07-06T23:17:34+01:00

Our office is based in Wetherby (Grange Park), near Leeds. We are lucky to have lovely, spacious therapy rooms and a beautiful outdoor area, which means (weather permitting!), we can even do our therapy outside.   

We can do therapy anywhere – at home, school, nursery, college, at our office, even online via ‘teletherapy’.  

Your therapist will discuss with you the most appropriate place for your child to be seen- this can change depending on the next steps of their therapy plan. 

We provide a service across Yorkshire – including all areas of Leeds, as well as Harrogate, York, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Hull and Bradford. As we have recently launched our teletherapy service, we can now provide support to families within a much wider geographical area. 

We are more than happy to chat through any questions you may have and to discuss whether we can provide speech and language therapy for your child. Please get in touch with us– we would love to hear from you! 

Will my Speech and Language Therapist work with other professionals?2020-06-23T10:25:38+01:00

We believe that working together really does get the best results.

We take a holistic approach to our therapy and so we aim to work in partnership with other professionals involved with your child – teachers, medical professionals, other therapists, including NHS Speech and Language Therapy services, in order to achieve the best outcomes for your child.

If your child has an identified speech, language and communication difficulty, they are still entitled to an NHS service. Any help your child receives from The Talking House is additional to your NHS service. If your child is already working with an NHS Speech and Language Therapist, we are more than happy to work collaboratively to best support your child in achieving their individual goals.

We will always get consent from you to discuss or share information regarding your child’s speech, language and communication needs with any other professional.

What information do you need from me before our initial appointment?2020-07-06T23:18:54+01:00

We will need to collect as much information as possible. You will be sent a questionnaire before your first session. This gives us some background information so that we can set off on the right lines. The questionnaire includes contact details for you and your child, as well as some questions which support us in building a picture of your child, such as information about their interests, medical history and speech and language skills. We will also need signed consent from you so that we can see your child.

It is very helpful to share any other important information you have about your child as this helps us plan our assessment and decide appropriate next steps. Information that is useful to share includes Education Health Care Plans (EHCP), information from previous Speech and Language Therapy intervention, relevant information from other professionals and school records such as annual reviews and Individual Education Plans.

If you need help with any of the above or have any questions about what information we are keeping about your child, then please do contact us. For more information or our assessment process and type of assessment, please see the ‘What we need from you’ section on our ‘What to expect’ page.

What does an initial assessment involve? 2020-07-06T23:19:49+01:00

To find out more about what is involved in an initial assessment, please see the ‘Assessment’ section on our ‘What to expect’ page

Alternatively, please contact us and one of our friendly team will be able to discuss this with you and answer any questions or queries.  

My child has already had Speech and Language Therapy. Will they need to be reassessed?2020-07-06T23:20:44+01:00

Your child may have already had lots of assessment. It is useful for us to know this, because it is important that we don’t complete the same assessments within a certain timeframe. It is, however, very useful for us to carry out our own evaluation so that we can get to know your child and form our own plan.  

Our assessment is always tailored to your child and will include liaison (with your consent) with any relevant professionals who work with your child. These can be teachers, NHS therapists, and medical professionals, for example. Your therapist will always consider the information provided by other professionals when making recommendations and setting goals for your child. For more information or our assessment process, please see the ‘Assessment’ section on our ‘What to expect’ page

Alternatively, please contact us and we can chat through any of your queries. 

How will I be involved in my child’s Speech and Language Therapy?2020-06-24T12:26:58+01:00

As a parent or carer, you are the expert when it comes to your child and you spend more time interacting with them than a Speech and Language Therapist ever will! We always work in partnership with you to ensure that we provide the best support possible.

As part of getting to know your child, we listen to what their aspirations are and what you, as parents or carers, hope for your child to achieve. This can be both in the short term and in the longer term. When making recommendations, we always consider how targets and outcomes can help your child to work towards their overall goals. You will be integral in both the setting and reviewing of these goals and we make sure to involve you every step of the way.

When working with your child, whether that be assessment or therapy, your therapist is likely to give you advice on strategies to use with your child at home. There may be homework tasks to complete and specific resources to help with developing your child’s speech and language skills. These will all be guided by your therapist and regularly reviewed with you. Helping your child to practise their skills is vital in supporting their progress.

I think my child might have Autism. Will you be able to give me advice on where to go?2020-07-06T23:22:16+01:00

If you think that your child might have Autism and would like to discuss the support we can provide, then please get in touch. We are more than happy to chat through your concerns.  

We work with different Health Professional partners in delivering Autism diagnostic assessments.  It is often helpful for a child undergoing an Autism assessment to have their speech, language and communication skills assessed as part of this. If you would like to pursue a diagnostic assessment, then we can refer you to the most appropriate service for this. If the outcome advises that your child needs Speech and Language Therapy, then we would be more than happy to support you with this.   

What is involved in group therapy? How will a group benefit my child?2020-07-06T23:22:58+01:00

Sometimes, we may recommend a group intervention before, after, alongside or instead of onetoone therapy. ​ Group therapy is a great way to motivate children and develop confidence in talking with others. Our groups are specifically designed to target specific speech, language and communication skills and are tailored to the individuals involved in the group. For all ages, it can be an invaluable way of practising some of the skills learnt in their onetoone therapy sessions, helping them to generalise what they have learnt to different situations.  

If you would like to know more about our group therapy, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.  

What is a Speech and Language Therapy programme?2020-07-06T23:23:44+01:00

Sometimes your Speech and Language Therapist may recommend that your child follows a therapy ‘programme’ alongside or after their current block of intervention.  

A programme is a set of specially targeted activities and exercises for you and/or school staff to follow. It can be a good way to support your child if they need extra practice or encouragement to practise the skills they have learnt in a different way. A programme can help your child to be able to use the skills learnt in therapy at school and/or home and with a range of different people.  

If a programme is recommended for your child, your therapist will go through it with you, and/or the school staff involved. The aims of the programme and each activity will be explained stepbystep, and your therapist will provide any help you need to feel confident in following the advice.  

You can call us at any time for help, but a review date will be arranged in order to check on how things are going and to adjust and/or update the advice as required.  

Some children respond better to this indirect approach than they do to onetoone sessions. Your therapist will advise you if this is going to be the best way forward for your child.  

What is teletherapy?2020-07-06T23:24:37+01:00

Teletherapy is part of ‘telepractice’, which is where we provide assessment, therapy and other support via an interactive online video call. Our clients are really enjoying this approach and we are seeing great results! Our teletherapy service has also enabled us to work with children in a wider geographical area outside Yorkshire, who would not normally be able to access a quality therapy service.   

These sessions are beneficial for a range of children with different speech, language and communication needs. We might sometimes suggest a combination of teletherapy and face to face sessions. You can find out more by checking out our recent blog on teletherapy.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss our telepractice services and if they are suitable for your child.  

I want to talk about Speech and Language Therapy for my child- what are the first steps?2020-07-06T23:25:31+01:00

If you think your child needs support with their speech, language or communication then we would love to hear from you. Please do get in touch with us. You may want to speak to us straight away or attend one of our free drop-in sessions. You can find out more information on making initial contact here. 

The first step will be speaking to a member of our team who will ask you some questions to work out what the next step should be. They will also ask for key contact details so that we can keep in touch with you. 

If we think your child does not need any specific Speech and Language Therapy for now, we’ll let you know and advise you if we have any general tips or resources that might be helpful. We may arrange a time to get back in touch with you in a few weeks. 

If we think your child does need some therapy now, we will need to arrange an assessment. For more information or our assessment process and type of assessment, please see the ‘Assessment’ section on our ‘What to expect’ page

How long will my child need Speech and Language Therapy for? 2020-06-23T10:36:33+01:00

To be honest, we’re not always totally sure. The need for Speech and Language Therapy, and the type of support provided, will differ for each child, because they are individuals and their journey through Speech and Language Therapy will be unique to them. As your child progresses, your therapist will continually monitor their progress and will update you on how the next stage of intervention will look. You will always be informed when there are recommended changes to the type and frequency of intervention and also when therapy is no longer needed.  

How do I get in touch if I have concerns about my child’s speech and language development?2020-10-06T14:20:18+01:00

There are plenty of ways to contact us, so please do get in touch if you have any concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication needs. You can: ​ 


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