What to expect
Referrals usually come by phone or e-mail from parents or schools. However, I also accept referrals from Health Visitors, GPs, Educational Psychologists or other Health Professionals with the parents’ permission.
I will usually have a short conversation with you on the phone about your child. At the end of this, there is no obligation for you to take up an appointment. Likewise, if I feel I may not be the best person to help your child, I will let you know.
If you decide to take an appointment up, I will offer an appointment in your own home, at a mutually convenient time. Assessment appointments take approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours, sometimes longer for older children. A large part of the appointment will involve talking to you about your child (especially for pre-schoolers), but I will also spend time observing and playing with your child, and may carry out formal and/or informal assessment tasks as well. At the end of the appointment I will discuss my findings and recommendations with you, and will provide a thorough written report afterwards. With your permission, the report will usually be sent to any other professionals involved with your child as well.
I offer a flexible ad-hoc or regular service to LEA or independent schools to help you meet the needs of your pupils with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). I can offer one-off assessment and advice, or regular individual or group therapy (following an assessment of each child’s needs). Training can also be provided. I offer an initial consultation free of charge to discuss your needs further and ascertain how I may be able to help. Please telephone or email me if you would like to arrange this.