Finding your child's voice

Speech and language therapy to clients in Cheshire

Hello! As a Speech and Language Therapist working with children and adolescents, I provide initial assessments, intervention programmes, and review appointments to help children and young people with unique speech, language, and communication needs.

Assessment procedures may take the form of formal standardised assessments, or may include informal techniques such as observation and play. After assessment, parents will receive spoken or written feedback. Assessment results are then used to develop a programme of intervention, if this is likely to benefit the child or young person.

Intervention often takes the form of individual therapy sessions. The number and frequency of these sessions are agreed with parents/carers at the outset of a course of intervention. Therapy activities are tailored to the age and interest of the child or young person. They are often enjoyable and fun whilst simultaneously being designed to achieve specific goals. As an alternative to or in conjunction with therapy sessions, written activity plans can be provided.

Review appointments occur at the end of an agreed period of intervention, in order to monitor progress and to provide ongoing feedback to parents and/or carers.

There are many different types of communication problem in children and young people which can be helped by speech and language therapy. If you would like to discuss your concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a free initial phone or email consultation, during which we can discuss whether or not it would be appropriate to schedule an initial assessment appointment.

Who I see

I offer speech, language, and communication assessment and therapeutic intervention for children aged from 2 to 18 years with the following range of needs:

Child speech therapy for Cheshire and North Wales

Developmental delay

This occurs when children do not achieve their developmental milestones at the expected times. Early intervention is crucial to maximise potential and to reduce long-term effects of early developmental delay.

Attention, listening and play difficulties

Attention, listening, and play difficulties

Problems with development of these skills may have an underlying cause such as general developmental delay, ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), ASD (autism spectrum disorder), environmental factors, hearing loss (for example, glue ear). If your child is struggling in any of these areas, I can provide advice and/or therapy to minimise the impact on language development.

Treating speech delay in children

Speech delay/disorder

A delay or disorder in development of speech sound production may result in unclear speech, accompanied by frustration at not being understood. As children with unclear or immature speech increase in age, their speech problems may affect them socially and emotionally. I can provide activities which target speech sound production and which aim to help children achieve clear, more intelligible speech.

Therapy for language delay in children

Language delay/disorder

This can be manifested as a comprehension difficulty where children have difficulty understanding language that they have heard or read. Children may also have expressive language impairment where they have difficulty putting their thoughts into words. It is seen in late talkers or in older children and young people who struggle to communicate effectively.

Therapy for children with academic difficulties

Academic difficulties

I work with school-age children up to the age of 18 who are struggling academically due to reading and writing problems or learning differences. A child or young person who is struggling at school may have an underlying undiagnosed language problem, and input from a speech and language therapist, in conjunction with other professionals, may help.

Testimonials

“Jill Redgrave did a superb job in evaluating my three-year-old child with language delays.” (Parent)

“Jill’s intelligence and her caring attitude, with lots of interesting hands-on activities, were crucial to obtain superior results in such a young client.
My sentiments of gratitude for Jill’s work are shared by other mothers within my community of patients and friends.” (Parent)

“Thank you for all your assistance with Joseph’s speech lessons… Your methods and games have helped Joseph immensely, making learning fun and interesting.” (Parent)

“Jill’s consistent and fun approach to speech therapy is what made the difference in my son’s fast progress. I was near tears the day Jill said, ‘Your son is fine now… You don’t need to bring him to me any more.” (Parent)

“Mrs Redgrave provided screening and therapy services for the students of our school for about two years. During this time, she provided professional and reliable support for our students, their families, and our teachers.
One thing that stood out about Mrs Redgrave was her integrity. Although she worked privately, she would never recommend on-going speech therapy for a child that did not need it. Her nurturing manner endears her to children. And parents will appreciate her professionalism and prompt reporting.” (Student Service Co-ordinator, IB World School)

“I feel very passionate that everybody knows just how much of a life-line to Jess you have been since we met you! In addition, your professionalism, support and advice along with all your encouragement for both Jess and myself was and still is invaluable.” (Parent)

More about me

I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1987 with a BA(Hons) degree in Linguistics and Language Pathology from the University of Reading.

I provide speech and language therapy to clients in Cheshire. In the past, I have worked in a variety of settings in both the UK and the Bahamas, working in NHS community clinics in Manchester and in East Cheshire. In addition, I have provided speech and language therapy to an international paediatric population over a period of 17 years as a private practitioner in mainstream education settings (in particular in IB World schools), special education settings, and private clinics. I work closely with other professionals in independent practice in Cheshire, in particular with occupational therapists, an art therapist, counsellors, and specialist teachers and education assessors.

In addition to my work as a speech and language therapist with the paediatric population, I have many years of experience with bringing up my own three children, which has enhanced my practical, hands-on awareness of children’s behaviour and how they learn best.

I am a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Member of the Health & Care Professions Council
    Health & Care Professions Council as a registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)
    Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

I am also fully registered under the Data Protection Act.

Fees

Initial assessment with written report and recommendations (approximate contact time with child/family/carers – up to 1 hour) – £120.00

Initial assessment with written report and recommendations (contact time with child/family/carers lasting longer than one hour) – £60.00 per hour of contact time, plus £60.00 for written report. An estimate of cost will be given prior to assessment session.

Initial assessment without written report, consisting of up to one hour of contact time with child/family/carers – £80.00

One hour individual treatment session, consisting of face-to-face contact with child and/or family – £60.00

30 minute individual treatment session, consisting of face-to-face contact with child and/or family – £45.00

Written school or home programme/update/additional reports – £50.00

Review appointment lasting one to two hours, with written report and recommendations – £120.00

Other work/assessments on request – £60.00 per hour

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Contact Me

You can contact me on 01606 872 625 or my mobile 07794585809, by email on jill@speechtherapycheshire.co.uk or use the form below. I look forward to hearing from you.