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Are you worried about your child’s ability to communicate effectively with others? Do they struggle to give eye contact, or follow instructions? Perhaps you find them easy to understand but family and friends need you there to act as an interpreter. Children develop speech and language skills at different rates, however if you identify with any of these statements, or you are worried about your child’s speech and language development, seeking advice from a Speech and Language Therapist is recommended.

A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) will look at all areas of your child’s communication including attention and listening, understanding and talking, and social interaction skills. They will be able to tell you if you have reason to be concerned about their progress.

Rhiannon from POP Speech and Language Therapy is a Specialist Paediatric SLT, combining independent practice alongside work in a children’s hospital. She has a wide range of experience in different settings including community clinics, child development centres, pre-school complex needs clinics, nurseries, mainstream and special schools.

Rhiannon strongly believes that children learn best when they are having fun, therefore speech and language therapy sessions with Rhiannon are exciting, creative and based strongly around research; enabling children to reach their full potential. Each child has their own individual targets and therapy sessions are tailor-designed to work towards these. Parents will be provided with clear, manageable strategies so that they feel confident in carrying out strategies and activities when she isn’t there.

Rhiannon works with children who may have:

-Language delay/disorders

-Speech delay/disorders

-Social Communication Difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder

-Dysfluency, including Stammering

-Physical disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy

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Testimonials

“Rhiannon’s gentle but structured approach has helped my 13 year old to dramatically improve her speech. Ellie used to really struggle with her confidence but thanks to Rhiannon she is now able to communicate with real confidence” Kate, North London

“You’ve made such a difference, it’s so fab having her (my daughter) chat and chat! She doesn’t stop now. I have done and will continue to recommend you!” ED, North London

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does my child need therapy?

If you are worried about your child’s speech, language and communication development, we would advise you seek support from your GP or a registered SLT. If you would like to discuss your child’s needs prior to arranging assessment or therapy sessions, please call or send Rhiannon an e-mail.

What services do you offer?

Assessments – A range of different formal and informal assessments are used to create an accurate profile of your child’s current areas of strengths and needs. Assessment sessions last between 60-90 minutes and include time to discuss parental concerns and recommendations following assessment. All assessments will be followed up with written strategies so that you can start to support your child’s communication skills straight away.

Therapy sessions – Therapy sessions typically last between 45 – 60 minutes depending on the type of input and your child’s ability to access different activities. This allows time to run through therapy activities with the child and also have discussions with families to agree/set and review therapy targets. Parents are encouraged to join in during therapy sessions, so that they are able to carry out similar activities outside of therapy. Sometimes therapy sessions are conducted over video-communications, such as Skype, to allow a greater degree of flexibility for busy parents. This may not be appropriate for all children.

Report or programme writing – This includes a report following an assessment session or block of therapy or a programme for use at school/nursery

How much are therapy sessions:

Please e-mail popspeechtherapy@gmail.com to receive a copy of the pricing structure. If you have a Muswell Hill Mums card, you can receive a 10% discount off your first 5 therapy sessions.

How many therapy sessions will my child need?

Every child is different in terms of the number and frequency of sessions that they require. Following assessment recommendations for ongoing input will be made. Alongside therapy, parents will be given ‘homework’ activities that they can fit into their daily routine. These activities tend to be no longer than 10-15 minute bursts and often parents can incorporate them into things they are already doing, such as bath or meal times.

Can my child access independent and NHS therapy at the same time?

Yes! Lots of children access both independent and NHS services. Some families choose independent therapy to top up what they are already receiving from the NHS and others decide to access independent therapy if they are on a waiting list.

As with any form of therapy, communication between services is important, so if possible we will speak with your NHS therapist to ensure we are all working together to help your child achieve their full potential.

Do you offer training packages?

POP Speech Therapy also provide a consultancy service to nurseries, schools and children’s centres. This includes training sessions for professionals who may be working with children and young people in educational or home settings (e.g. teachers or child minders). Please email popspeechtherapy@gmail.com if you are interested in finding out how Speech and Language Therapy training can benefit your setting.

Contact

To find out more, or to book an assessment:

E-mail: popspeechtherapy@gmail.com

Tel: 07500 948 738

Website: www.popspeechtherapy.com

 

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