FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS?
Initial telephone consultations are free of charge.
Contact us via our contact page HERE to see how we can help your family member.
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WHAT IS YOUR NEW CLIENT PROCEDURE?
An initial appointment for Speech and Language Therapy support involves case-history taking, followed by an individual assessment of your child's communication needs. This appointment can be completed in two parts. The case-history taking can be completed by telephone or via Zoom at a time of your choice. The individual assessment will take place in your own home, or in one of our clinic settings. Contact us HERE to discuss your specific needs.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT?
We will provide you with advice, signposting, and specific recommendations on completion of the initial assessment. This information will be shared with your child's GP, and with involved health or education professions (as necessary and with your consent). If a period of therapy is recommended, that can be arranged to suit your needs.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN AN AVERAGE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SESSION?
Helping your child become a better communicator will involve everyone in your child's life understanding his/her needs, and playing their part in being a supportive communication partner. All your child's supporters can ensure your child has opportunities to learn more about communicating, and help your child experience success in communication, in whatever form that may be. To achieve this, Speech and Language Therapy sessions involve one to one work with your child, as well as advice and modelling of speech, language, communication supports/strategies to parents, educators and other professionals, as necessary. Bespoke Communication Training sessions can be provided to further support your child's communication at home or school.
Individual or group therapy sessions usually last 45 to 60 minutes.
When commencing a period of Speed and Language Therapy, the therapist and parent will agree the number of sessions required to achieve the agreed therapy goals.
Should tou decide that your child no longer requires Speech and Language Therapy, you can opt out at anytime.
MY CHILD RECEIVES SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY FROM THE NHS; WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
With your consent, we will always liaise with your child's NHS Speech and Language Therapist. If should be possible for both therapists to work together, with your child's best interests and needs at heart.
MY CHILD IS IN RECEIPT OF AN ABA PROGRAMME; WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
Speech and Language Therapy support at Access Communication is provided within a pro-neurodiversity framework, which honours autistic communication and thinking. This approach is in contrast to the goals of behavioural programmes. As the two approaches are underpinned by differing philosophy, we regret that we are unable to work with your child if they are enrolled in an ABA programme.
HOW MUCH DOES SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY AT ACCESS COMMUNICATION COST?
Speech and Language Therapy Assessment, Advice and Report: £150*
Individual SLT session: £75*
Six small group SLT sessions: £120
Bespoke Communication Training: prices available on request
Multidisciplinary Autism Assessment: price available on request
Advice clinics: free of charge
One hour talk to parent organisations: free of charge
Look forward to future video sessions/tutorials which will be free of charge
*Milage fees may be charged. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please contact us as soon as you can.