At The Speech Clinic, we offer intervention for a wide range of children with various difficulties, ranging from speech sound errors or delayed language development to stammering. We also treat children with formal diagnoses, including Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Acquired Brain Injury.Learn more
Formal assessment can be provided if necessary, using standardised assessments which generate percentile ranks. Informal assessment and diagnostic therapy is used with children requiring minimal assessment and a greater focus upon therapeutic intervention.Learn more
A formal Initial Assessment Report can be provided if required (at an additional charge), however there is no obligation to request such a report as the results are discussed in detail with the family. Formal reports can be produced for Diagnosis, Annual Review, Tribunal or Medico-Legal cases.Learn more
The Speech Clinic offers intervention at home, school or nursery, on a regular or infrequent basis. This may be more convenient for families and allows for liaison with children's teachers and classroom support workers.Learn more
With parental consent, The Speech Clinic's Speech and Language Therapists will work closely with nursery/school staff and other involved professionals, as well as NHS Speech and Language Therapists. It is beneficial to coordinate therapy goals and liaise regarding intervention strategies.
Most of our families use independent Speech and Language Therapy services to supplement their NHS intervention. We are keen to work alongside NHS Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and medical teams. It may be appropriate for our therapist to attend multi-disciplinary planning meetings and annual reviews in order to discuss progress and plan future intervention. It is advisable that you continue to access NHS services wherever possible and we are keen to liaise with our NHS colleagues at all times.
At The Speech Clinic, we provide assessment and therapy for children with a wide range of disorders who are managed by appointed Case Managers.
Our Speech and Language Therapists are happy to liaise with Case Managers in order to provide an individualised package of care which meets a client's specific needs. This can include weekly or twice weekly therapy, half-termly Progress Reports and Programmes of Activities for home/school, parent/school training and attendance at planning meetings. We can provide AAC Communication Aid programming including updating the device with current vocabulary.
The Speech and Language Therapist can attend a 'meet and greet' session in order for the client and their family to make a decision about the appointment.
We provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy over online services for children of all ages.Learn More
Useful strategies to boost children's speech and language.Strategies
The Speech Clinic has been delivering Speech and Language Therapy to the members of our group since 2015. One of the biggest challenges for children with Down Syndrome is difficulty with communication and speaking; caused by low muscle tone in the facial area, learning delays and different learning profiles. Effective Speech and Language therapy is essential for children with Down Syndrome, enabling the development of a core life skill, enabling them to reach their full potential in education, developing their social skills and actively engaging with the community in which they live. The Speech Clinic has been integral in our endeavour as a charity to ensure children with Down Syndrome access this critical service.
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.
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..
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.
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.