What is the role of a speech and language therapist?
Speech and Language Therapy is more recently referred to as Speech, Language or Communication Needs (SLCN) as it reflects fully the range of needs which Speech and Language Therapists are able to support.
They support problems arising from a developmental or an acquired communication difficulty or eating and drinking difficulty.
Speech and language therapists work at home, work or school with;
Following changes to the code of practice, schools now have more freedom and choice over which services they contract for Speech and Language therapy provision. We understand that employing therapists directly into your school can be a difficult task to achieve.
Schools can contract a Speech and Language therapist from Integrated Treatment Services which is straight forward and cost efficient. More information on our Schools service can be found here.
How can our team of speech and language therapists help?
All our Speech and Language Therapists are registered with
Accessing Speech and Language Therapy
- Integrated Treatment Services are able to offer appointments within one week of referral and will not keep you waiting for therapy.
- There are no waiting lists; if we are unable to see you immediately we will help sign post you to a service which can.
- Integrated Treatment Services will always support you accessing the statutory services (Health/Education) which you are entitled to.
- We can top up therapy when statutory services are not available to you. We can work alongside statutory services forming joint therapy plans, when approaches you would like to access are not readily provided for.
- You can equally choose to contract our services as an alternative to statutory services, which is common practice for many schools/care settings, commissioners and individuals.
- Integrated Treatment Services are registered with all the large insurance companies, therefore if you have insurance cover you may wish to check your policy to see if you can access assessment and therapy. Registered providers include: BUPA, Aviva, AXA/PPP
- Integrated Treatment Services are active partners with charities and vouchers schemes which enable our clients to access our therapy. We are happy to work with all charities schemes such as Cerebra.
Speech and Language Therapy is frequently required by children, adolescents and adults to support them across the following specialist fields;
- AAC (augmentative and alternative communication)
- Acquired brain injury (ABI)
- Speech sound difficulties
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft lip and palate
- Hearing impairment
- Dyslexia and literacy difficulties
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Language disorder
- Learning disability
- Mental health
- Social Communication difficulties
- Signing systems – makaton, signalong, BSL
- Stammering – Dysfleuncy
- Eating and drinking difficulties
- Down syndrome
- Visual impairment
- Intermediary work
- Medico-legal (including reports for legal proceedings)
The following approaches can be offered by our Speech and Language Therapist
- Signing systems
- Social Stories
- Social Communication Strategies
- Early Intervention
- Colourful Semantics
- See and Learn Programme
- Core Vocabulary Approach
- Attention/Listening Activities
- Reading Skills
- Semantic links
- Phonological awareness
- Visual Supports
- Smooth Speech Techniques
- Ipad apps
- Cued Articulation
- Talk tools
- Objects of reference and symbol systems
- Picture Exchange Systems (PECS)
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
- Nuffield dyspraxia programme
- Cog Neuro model
- Social communication programmes; Talk About, Social Use of
- Cognitive Neuro Psychology model
- Psycholinguistic framework
- Total Communication Approach
- Developing Shared Attention (DSA)
- Communication Passports
- Pre-teaching vocabulary (and other word-finding approaches).
- Parent-child interaction (PCI) therapy
- Hanen approaches