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Speech and Language Therapy

What is Speech and Language Therapy

Within the Puzzle Centre’s Autism Early Support service, Speech and Language Therapy provides intervention and support for children who have difficulties with communication, feeding and social interaction

Child engaging with Visual Supports, developing communication skills

Who we can help

Our Speech and Language Therapy team offers a holistic, evidence-based approach to children (aged 2 to 11 years), to their parents/carers, and to professionals working with them in educational settings.

We help children with autism and other communication difficulties, including:

  • Language difficulties (understanding and talking)

  • Social communication difficulties

  • Speech difficulties

  • Stammering

  • Selective mutism

You may also seek our support if you are having your child assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and require an independent assessment which outlines your child’s strengths and needs, and highlights recommendation for special educational provision.

How we can help

We offer assessment and intervention, consultancy and training to support children with communication difficulties and autism.  This takes place within their natural environments such as home or school.

ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION

Assessment includes comprehensive interview with parents and/or education professionals working closely with the child, observation and individualised assessment.  This enables the therapist to gain a broad insight to the individual child’s strengths and weaknesses to evaluate what strategies can be further developed or implemented to support them.  Following assessment, a therapeutic management plan is devised between the therapist and the family.  This is individually tailored.

Therapy is carried out in collaboration with key people working around the child.  Therapy aims to empower them to implement strategies or interventions.  Approaches are dependent on the child’s individual needs such as:

  • Promoting functional communication (e.g. making requests, commenting on things of interest, making choices).
  • Supporting non-verbal and verbal communication (e.g. use of PECS, signing, spoken words).
  • Supporting social communication and interaction (e.g. turn taking, conversational skills).
  • Supporting attention and listening.
  • Supporting understanding (e.g. following instructions, verbal reasoning, vocabulary and grammar).
  • Supporting spoken language (e.g. using longer sentences, grammar, vocabulary, narrative).

CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING

As well as providing direct support for an individual child, we offer consultancy into educational, health or other settings.  We are able to advise on principles, approaches and strategies that can enhance children’s engagement and development in speech and language, and that can equip practitioners in their own setting.

We provide training both for parents and carers, and for practitioners.  Workshops and courses cover key aspects of communication and development, with practical examples and advice to take away.

What we can provide to families
  • Collaborative input to meet individual needs of the child and family.
  • Supporting families to identify communication strengths and needs.
  • Practical advice and recommendations regarding strategies and evidence based approaches that will best meet the child and family’s needs.
  • Tailored programs.
  • Flexibility in arranging appointments and managing intervention.
  • Liaison with other key professionals when appropriate.
  • Information regarding upcoming workshops that may be of interest.
  • Empowering families to understand and meet their child’s needs.
What we can provide to education providers
  • We have in depth knowledge about the early years, key stage 1 and 2 curriculum.
  • Collaborative input to identify a child’s individual needs.
  • Practical recommendations on differentiation and adaptations to support individualised curriculum access in setting.
  • Offer of training opportunities to key staff members or whole setting.

Contact Us

To find out more about how we can help you and support your needs, please get in touch.