Support for Pre-school Children
What happens at a clinic assessment?
After introducing themselves to you and your child, the therapist will have a discussion with you and your child (as appropriate to your child’s age and communication ability) about:
- How your child feels about communication
- Any specific areas of difficulty you/your child has noticed
- Your child’s early developmental history
- What support is currently in place
We will then assess your child’s communication skills in order to see how they are communicating in comparison to expectations for their age. This will involve using toys and pictures and try to make the assessment as fun as possible so that your child feels comfortable. Where possible, we will also choose from a variety of standardised (formal) assessments to give us information about specific areas of your child’s communication development. Please visit http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk for more information on your child’s expectations.
Following the assessment activities, the therapist will discuss with the parents/carers to explain what the assessment has shown and to agree on the next steps. This will all be summarised in a report to parents, which outlines your child’s communication needs, next steps agreed with the SLT department, and any useful strategies for family and other adults to use. This report can be copied to any other professionals you feel will benefit from the information.
What happens after assessment?
Depending on your child’s needs, the next steps may be a parent workshop, therapy sessions or discharge.
Parent workshops are held to share early interaction strategies that parents can practise with their children at home. These sessions are for up to 12 parents and last about 90 minutes. Parents are invited to attend without their child, and in order to maximise the number of families accessing the sessions, only 1 parent per child is able to attend.
Therapy for pre-school children may be offered by a Speech & Language Therapist or a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant.
Speech and Language Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy Communication Referral Form
- Speech and Language Therapy Dysphagia Referral Form
- Speech and Language Therapy early years questionnaire
- Speech and Language Therapy parental questionnaire
- Speech and Language Therapy referral checklist
- Speech and Language Therapy schools questionnaire