Are you worried about your child’s communication development?
Use this progress tracker from Talking Point to check your child’s communication development.
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, (UK Registered charity 21003)
What to expect
Where will my child be seen?
Initial assessment appointments generally take place in the clinic. Following this, follow up assessment/therapy can be provided in a variety of settings. This is decided according to service guidelines and depends on where the child is most likely to reach their full potential. This might be in your home, the clinic or in school/nursery.
What should I expect the first time I go to see the Speech and Language Therapist?
You may be sent a questionnaire to bring with you to your first appointment. This will help the Speech and Language Therapist gather some information about your child. The therapist will ask you questions about your child’s development and we will assess your child’s speech, language and communication skills. This could be through observations, play and/or formal assessment. We will the outcome of the assessment with you.
What happens after my first appointment?
Following assessment a decision will be made about appropriate intervention for your child. Intervention may be direct e.g. 1:1 therapy, group work, coaching, or indirect e.g. advice and strategies, a programme, training. The type of treatment will be decided according to your child’s needs and will be discussed with you. You will receive a copy of the report detailing assessment findings and recommendations.
Parent training and groups
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook and keep up to date with our latest training offers that may include:
- PECS groups
- PODD groups
School age children and young people
Parents / carers / young people
Follow Bridgewater Children’s Speech and Language Therapy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BridgewaterChildrensSLT/
Follow Bridgewater Children’s Speech and Language Therapy on Twitter: @PaediatricSLT
- Talking point: information on all aspects of children’s communication, including a useful progress tracker to map your child’s development.
- Communication Trust: The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together we support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication
- I CAN is a specialist children’s communication charity providing a range of information services about children’s communication.
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
General Resources to encourage communication
- Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a user-led charity dedicated to helping people with any type of disability and their families who live, work or use services primarily within the borough of Wigan, gain the support they need to live a fulfilling life.
- Down’s Syndrome Association
- iCan Developmental Language Disorder information document
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
www.socialthinking.com has some great resources and information for all ages on how to think socially, and therefore develop social skills through a better understanding of what people are thinking and why they act in the way they do.
Take a virtual tour of the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Wigan. The iRoam technology allows people to familiarise themselves with the shopping centre in advance of any visit and can really help to reduce anxiety. This may be particularly useful for people with autism.
Communication Aids (AAC)
1Voice is a user-led network and support group for children who use communication aids and their families.
Communication Matters provides information and resources for professionals and families and people with limited natural speech.
Communication Trust activities great ideas for activities parents & carers can do with their children.
Social Stories help children understand social and new situations.