Hello! As a Speech and Language Therapist working via teletherapy with children and adolescents, I provide initial assessments, intervention programmes, and review appointments to help children and young people with speech, language, and communication needs.
Teletherapy has been used by practitioners for a number of years and involves the delivery of therapy services through a secure video conferencing platform. I have chosen to use teletherapy because it has a number of advantages, including the following:
- It is easy to use and provides flexibility for busy families.
- It is supported by research.
- It is ideal for you and your child if you have difficulty accessing face-to-face therapy due to the
remoteness of your location, a shortage of therapists in your area, the Covid-19 pandemic, your busy
schedule or problems with transport (for example, frequent traffic jams).
- Therapy sessions can be conducted in the comfort of your own home or during the school day, which can
also help me to provide tailored, context-specific recommendations.
- It enables meetings to be arranged between parents, therapists, school staff and other professionals, even
though participants may be in different locations.
Many parents have found that teletherapy has enabled them to access therapy services in a positive and productive way when this might otherwise have been impossible to arrange.
Assessment may include formal standardised assessments or informal techniques like observation of your child’s play via Zoom. After assessment, you will receive spoken or written feedback. Assessment results are then used to develop a programme of intervention, if needed.
Intervention is provided in the form of individual teletherapy sessions and/or written activity plans. The number and frequency of these sessions will be agreed with you at the outset of a course of intervention. Therapy activities are tailored to the age and interest of your child. They are often enjoyable and fun, whilst simultaneously being designed to achieve specific goals.
Review appointments occur at the end of an agreed period of intervention, in order to monitor progress and to provide you with ongoing feedback and discussion about your child’s progress and therapeutic goals.
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.