Therapy can begin as early as 2 years old with the right goals. For example, there are sound changes that are common as a preschooler e.g. a lisp, that become not so cute after a while e.g. a 7 year old with adult teeth and still lisping? I won’t suggest starting therapy before a child would be developmentally ready for the speech or language target you want to work on. My main aim is to make sure your child has some way of communicating their needs that doesn’t leave them, or you, frustrated.
I can see adults with mild speech difficulties such as a lisp, changing ‘th’ to ‘f’ (‘three’ sounds like ‘free’) as examples. I can also work on stuttering with adults.
Give me a call or e-mail to discuss your concerns. If I can’t help, I’ll refer you on to someone who can.
Speech-Language therapy is time-consuming for parents and children. It’s not enough to have a therapy session; the real ‘work’ needs to happen between sessions. It’s not usually a quick fix like a prescription for antibiotics, it can take a long time to move through speech sound development, language understanding, language expression, and literacy development.
The frequency of sessions will be recommended based on age, need and severity of your child’s difficulties, taking into consideration your family needs. There are times in family life where therapy just won’t fit – a new baby, traveling overseas, or something like surgery or other therapy priorities.
We can set blocks of therapy. For example we might go for 6 weeks then take a break, and/or move to fortnightly sessions. We’ll work together on what timing best suits you.
I will bring assessments and therapy resources. We will also use resources from the natural environment such as school reading books or favourite toys.
Ideally, alongside therapy, and before an IEP, I will be able to talk with your child’s teacher and gain a better understanding of your child’s communication and learning needs in the classroom. I can also suggest support and/or training for the classroom teacher.