We use a total communication approach
We acknowledge and nurture each child’s attempts at communications, no matter what form they take. We build on these with the methods that best suit the child. If a child needs help understanding language, we’ll supplement this with visuals or contextual cues. We aim to develop their ability to communicate whether they use speech, sign language, low tech aids such as objects of reference and communication books, or high tech communication aids such as switches and eye gaze technology.
We offer weekly one-to-one and group Speech Time sessions with our specialist Speech and Language Therapist.
Who are the Speech Time sessions for?
Children and young people from birth to 18 years who have communication difficulties associated with their cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or other complex needs.
What happens in the session?
We will provide a tailored programme depending on your child’s individual needs. It may include gentle, fun-based work on oro-motor skills, speech, understanding or production of language, alternative methods of communication or social skills.
How long are the sessions?
The sessions last half an hour. We currently have two slots available on Thursdays.
How can you help?
We encourage parents or carers to come as ‘communication partners’ to the sessions with your child. This helps you learn techniques to help your child practise communication skills at home.
How much do Speech Time sessions cost?
We charge a small fee for the sessions, and can advise on seeking sources of funding.
“Toby’s speech was clearer and more understandable to other children and adults and he used sentences rather than single words. I was overjoyed to be able to have a conversation with my son.“
We are grateful to The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity, The Atkin Foundation and PF Charitable Trust for their generous grants towards our speech and language therapy provision.