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Making the most of your appointment

As a Speech and Language Therapist with over 20 years experience in a wide range of settings including mainstream and special schools/nurseries, and family centres, Naomi has seen at first hand the difference skilled practitioners can make to a child’s language development.

As a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Health Professions Council, and Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, you can rest assured that all therapy is based on current research and best practice

Before your first (assessment) appointment

Write down your two or three most important questions

Bring with you any written reports or information about your child that may be useful

During your appointment

We will need to settle your child with a game or toy before we can talk to you.  This may take a little while but is important.

We will ask you about your child’s development, and what your concerns are, and other therapy he is receiving.

We will observe your child playing, listen to him talking, check out what kind of instructions he can follow, and how he interacts

We may need to carry out more formal “tests”  – it is important you don’t help your child while he is doing this!

We will then explain what we think the problem is, whether we can help, and how

We may suggest that your child receives regular therapy – but often we just keep an eye on how your child progresses in a few months

Just ask if there is anything you don’t understand…

Before you leave your appointment

Make sure you have covered everything on your list

After your appointment

You can decide if you would like to book another appointment – or you may wish to discuss it with other family members first

Therapy Appointments

These will normally last around 30 minutes depending on the child’s attention span.

We will give you clear guidance about what we are aiming for, and how you can help too.  You will probably have some exercises or games to carry out inbetween appointments, to maximise his improvement