FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's the difference between Speech & Language Therapists in independent practice compared to the NHS?
All Speech and Language Therapists will have completed intensive training to become qualified. The difference is that independent Speech and Language Therapists do not have to deliver input only within the restrictions of what is commissioned through the NHS meaning they can see children the NHS may not see. Independent therapists are able to tailor a package of intervention to meet your and your child’s specific needs and can deliver them in an environment felt most appropriate for the child.
Do I need to be present for my child’s sessions?
Yes you do need to be present if the sessions take place at your home. It is essential that you are involved in the sessions in order for you to take away advice from the therapist and implement it in between sessions. If the sessions take place in your child’s educational setting, it is requested that a representative from that setting is present to support generalisation of your child’s skills. You are also welcome to be present at any sessions for your child in their educational setting.
Do you have all the relevant qualifications and checks?
Yes. I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and am registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
How long are your sessions?
Both assessment and intervention sessions last for one hour. This includes time to set up, work directly with your child, have a discussion with you and to clear up. Notes and goals are written outside of this hour.
What if I/you need to cancel a session?
Sessions are to be paid for one week before the first session begins. After the session has been paid for, you can cancel up to 8.00am on the day of the appointment. Sessions cancelled up to 8.00am on the day of the appointment will be rescheduled.
If you cancel after 8.00am on the day of the appointment, the session will not be rescheduled but the time will be allocated to provide you with a written report and programme for your child.
If you do not attend an appointment (you are not home/your child is not at their educational setting when I arrive), the session will not be re-scheduled and you will not receive a report and programme. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to cancel the session (via text and/or email) with the therapist, not the educational setting.
How do you keep my and my child’s details secure?
I use a specialist notes based system which is fully GDPR compliant. All information about you and your child is stored on this system.
When do pay for my speech therapy session?
Sessions are to be paid for one week before the session begins or at the beginning of the month for children booked into a regular slot for sessions.