- Free telephone consultation and advice
- Programme/targets/advice for school or home
- Liaison with nhs therapist or school
HOW IT WORKS
Things usually start with a telephone conversation, for me to find out a bit about you/your child, and what I can offer. There is no charge or time limit for this.
Initial assessment then usually takes place in your home, and lasts between 1-2 hours, depending on the individual and the type of difficulties they are having.
Therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes per week, which therapy plus time for feedback/discussion. However this can be discussed and longer or shorter, or more or less frequent sessions can be arranged depending on the needs of the individual.
Working independently means not being limited to a certain number of sessions or treatment blocks - therapy can be offered in a way that suits the needs of the individual. People often ask how many sessions a person will need, but unfortunately this is very difficult to answer as everyone responds differently to therapy. Other factors affecting time taken to achieve goals include age, cognitive ability, motivation and support, amongst other things.
Sometimes advice is all that is needed, with ideas for work at home, and possible review. If this is the case then advice is gladly provided.
Following a telephone conversation and a date being arranged, I will come to your home (or other venue such as nursery/school/care home etc.) to meet the person with the speech, language or swallowing difficulty, plus their parents, family or carers. I will take a background history and find out more about the difficulty they are having. I will then usually complete some direct and/or indirect assessment using formal (assessment materials) and informal (observation, play, conversation etc) techniques.
Following this, advice is given regarding options for therapy and a treatment plan is made if necessary.
I live in Altrincham but travel to your home or other venue (nursery/school/care home etc.) to provide sessions at a time that suits you. I generally cover South Manchester/Cheshire and surrounding areas.
Please feel free to contact me any time. I will respond as soon as possible.