Can speech and language therapy help my child?
Children of all abilities can improve their communication
skills with the right help.
Speech and language therapy at pre-school and/or reception
age often prevents potential problems at school.
Speech and language difficulties have most effect on forming
friendships, and curriculum achievements in speaking and listening
and literacy, though good speech and language skills are clearly
helpful in all areas.
Children with physical or learning disabilities may benefit
from a range of approaches, according to their needs. These
may include use of signing, or pointing to objects, pictures
or symbols, as well as direct work on speech. These approaches
are used to encourage speech and to prevent frustration.
Some children receive speech and language therapy from the
NHS. These families use Speech Symbol and Sign when they feel
their children are not getting enough therapy, or are waiting
too long for it. Private and NHS therapists work closely together
to ensure children get maximum benefits from their therapy.