Speech, Language and Communication assessment is appropriate for any adult with a difficulty in this area. Following an assessment session, your Speech and Language Therapist will provide advice regarding the need for further intervention or appropriate onward referral.Learn more
Adults are formally and informally assessed, using written and pictorial material which targets a range of language structures. Assessment is highly tailored in order to probe areas of concern and enable the provision of appropriate recommendations.
Most people do not require an in-depth, formal assessment, but respond well to diagnostic therapy which allows for the trial of a variety of therapy techniques which the person may respond to. Appropriate treatment goals can then be set and therapy tasks can be planned.
Some of our families also receive NHS Speech and Language Therapy services and use independent services to supplement their existing sessions. This approach works well and we ask for your consent to liaise closely with your NHS Therapist.
We are also keen to work alongside any other involved processionals, such as Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and medical teams. It may be appropriate for our therapist to attend multi-disciplinary planning meetings in order to discuss progress and plan future intervention.
The Therapist has been working with Joan for the last 9 months or so. She has been amazing; she is so patient, positive and encouraging in all her sessions. When the Therapist first came to see Joan 6 months after she had a massive stroke, the only words she could say at this point were “Oh my God” and “Hello” (automatic speech). Her standard conversation consisted of “Duh, duh, duh” and her nonverbal communication skills were not good. The Therapist has worked on basic sounds and on words that are important to Joan. Although Joan will never have the fluency to have a high-level conversation again, she now has 40 or so words and short phrases that she can say with about 90% accuracy and continues to improve. Joan’s confidence in communicating has grown and, thanks to the Therapist putting a communication book together for her, her nonverbal communication ability has grown dramatically. She manages to get simple requests or needs across very well by using a mixture gestures, words and her communication book. Although abstract or more complicated conversation can be trickier, she is prepared to put the effort required into making herself understood and mostly achieves this. We are very grateful to the Therapist, for enabling Joan to come this far and to continue in her progress. .
In March 2018, my wife Pamela had suffered a second brain haemorrhage and she was very ill. She lost her memory, speech, movement on her right arm and leg. I managed to find a clinic who specialises in the Speech and Language Therapy and I was introduced to a highly qualified speech therapist who specialises in assessing and treating speech, language and communication problems in adults and to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. Speech and Language Therapists use specialist skills to work directly with the client, providing support to them, their family and their carers. I would not hesitate to recommend The Speech Clinic to anyone who is in need for a SLT.
Since starting sessions at The Speech Clinic, I feel that my sessions with the therapist have greatly increased my confidence in my speech. I have developed speech strategies which I can use to enhance the clarity of my speech in both social and professional situations. My general confidence in terms of my communication, I feel has greatly increased, and I am more able to identify where improvement is still needed. My therapist, is an excellent Speech and Language Therapist, with whom I have built a good rapport since I started attending The Speech Clinic. I cannot recommend The Speech Clinic highly enough.
When Zac first visited the Speech Clinic his confidence was very low because of his stammer. Working with the Therapist and using the systems she sets out has allowed him to work through progressively difficult and challenging tasks to control and begin to overcome his stammer. So much so, he is playing a lead role in school play, which was almost unthinkable at the beginning of the year. The sessions are fun and Zac looks forward to playing with the Therapist, and the methods are easy to keep focused on at home.
My son attended Speech and Language Therapy sessions which improved his words and sentences. I would recommend The Speech Clinic.
My daughter is 14 years old and has benefited from The Speech Clinic's oversight for ten years. She has Down Syndrome (DS) and common symptoms of the condition are speech delays; there are structural difficulties such as the size and shape of the mouth, palate, and tongue, and also intellectual impairments. As parents we needed professional help to develop our daughter's speech and language (S&L) and allow her to play an active part in our community. NHS provision, when available at all, veered from being excellent, through frustratingly hit and miss, to poor. We decided to purchase private S&L and soon plumped for Rachel Kennedy's organisation. She had a very positive and inclusive view of the capabilities of kids with DS and we learned over time that her staff were cut from the same cloth. We have had three successive and long-term Therapists and each of them has taken our girl further forward. They are solid in the basics of their craft but also pay attention to personalising their inputs, liaising with school staff such as the SENCO and LSAs. They have developed materials for our daughter to use in both primary and secondary schools, have sat-in on Annual Reviews and prepared and presented base-line reviews and developmental reports. The Therapists have all been enthusiastic and professional and our daughter enjoys her weekly sessions very much. In line with the passage of time, sessions have been held at our home, at the firm's HQ, in Primary school and, now, weekly in the High school linked into her school timetable. S&L from The Speech Clinic is perhaps the most important of our daughter's long-term inputs and we feel they have been worth every penny in enabling her to communicate with others and play an active part in the world.