Speech and Language Therapist – Who are they? How can they help?
A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) can help children in individual therapy sessions and in schools. They have a distinct role in assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating support for children and young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs. These might include:
- Having difficulty expressing themselves and putting words together into sentences
- Struggling to following instructions
- Have difficulties knowing how to take turns, listen and interact with others in social situations.
- Speech that is hard for others to understand
The SLT also plays an important role in supporting schools to meet the needs of children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and in supporting good practice across universal (whole school), targeted (groups of children) and specialist (children identified as having SLCN needs) approaches.
Sometimes children’s difficulties can be misinterpreted or even be missed and can instead be seen as:
- Low attention and listening in school
- Struggling to read and not enjoying it
- Reluctant to contribute to class discussions/activities
- Some ‘poor’ behaviour
- Having difficulties socialising
- Not talking at school
- Being labelled as ‘lazy’
In some cases children may become withdrawn and feel isolated. For some, everyday life may cause anxiety as they become frustrated and stressed.
Please contact me if you feel that any of the above may apply to your child. I would love to have a discussion with you and to help with your concerns.