I can't understand my child, Speech therapy in Oxford, Chinnor, Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Garsington and surrounding areas.FAQs which are asked about the Owl Centre and its services

1. Is a GP Referral required to undertake private therapy at The Owl Centre?

No. Parents or carers do not need a GP referral or anything similar in order to take up private therapy. Contacting The Owl Centre directly is sufficient. This is the case even if the child is known to the NHS. In such a situation, The Owl Centre recommends that its therapists liaise with the NHS in order to ensure a seamless and co-ordinated service, but this is not obligatory.

2. In what instances is private therapy suitable for children?

There are no hard and fast rules, and The Owl Centre will see any child that a parent or carer is concerned about. We have a wide range of specialists who can advise on practically every issue.

To provide some examples, private therapy can be valuable when (a) parents or carers want advice about a concern they have, but wish to bypass the NHS or the waiting list they happen to be on; (b) a child is being seen by the NHS but needs top-up therapy to make faster progress, (c) a second opinion is desired, or (d) parents or carers desire more ideas on how to achieve a particular goal or implement a strategy. Note that if the child is known by the NHS and there are a current set of targets available, The Owl Centre does not need to carry out a new assessment in most cases (unless the parents want a new assessment).

3. Does having private therapy affect the service I will receive in the NHS?

No. However, the benefits of private therapy include one-to-one therapy and no waiting lists. Furthermore, as we also work in the NHS, we have strong links with the NHS Speech and Language Therapists and will ensure that we work together to provide your child with a coherent therapy programme.

4.What if I need to cancel an arranged session?

Please try to contact us 24 hours before the scheduled appointment. You will be charged 50% of the session price if you do not attend without cancelling in advance. Also, if you are late, you will be charged in full but the appointment will end at the scheduled time.

5. How many sessions of therapy would you recommend each month, and for how many months?

Our service is dependent on the child's needs, and this will of course vary from case to case. However, the maximum number of sessions in most cases is 8 per month (i.e. 2 per week). We will always inform parents when we believe that therapy is no longer necessary or that its results are / would be negligible.

6. As private therapists, will you make contact with, or attend meetings at, my child's school?

Yes.  We have extensive knowledge of the counties' school systems, and are happy to liaise with our colleagues in Education.

7. When is private therapy suitable for schools?

In instances where the school wants more input or support; or where it wants greater autonomy over the kind of service it receives so that that service can be tailor-made to its specification; an Owl Centre therapist can attend the school for regular sessions in order to assess children and create packages of care, which may take the form of group therapy or individualized 1:1 therapy.

8. Can the Owl Centre provide Statement Reports?

As Owl Centre therapists have close links with the NHS, they do not provide separate Statement Reports as this could result in a conflict of interests. Instead, they feed information into a report produced in collaboration with NHS colleagues.

9. Do you visit homes in all parts of Gloucestershire? What about outreach visits in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset?

In certain cases, it may be possible for one of our therapists to visit a child at home or in school/nursery in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Locations that we may also visit include:

  • Aston Somerville
  • Avening
  • Berkeley
  • Bishop's Cleeve
  • Bisley
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Bradley Stoke
  • Brockworth
  • Chalford
  • Charlton Kings
  • Cheltenham
  • Chipping Campden
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cinderford
  • Cirencester
  • Coleford
  • Dursley
  • Evesham
  • Fairford
  • Filton
  • Gloucester
  • Innsworth
  • Kemble
  • Kingswood
  • Lechlade
  • Lydney
  • Matson
  • Minchinhampton
  • Mitcheldean
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Nailsworth
  • Newent
  • Northleach
  • Painswick
  • Patchway
  • Quedgeley
  • Stonehouse
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Stratton
  • Stroud
  • Tetbury
  • Tewkesbury
  • Thornbury
  • Twyning
  • Winchcombe
  • Wotton-under-Edge
  • Yate

If you live in, or close to...

one of these towns, then contact us to find out if one of our therapists can see you for an outreach visit.

10. Do you visit homes in all parts of Hertfordshire? What about outreach visits in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire?

In certain cases, it may be possible for one of our therapists to visit a child at home or in school/nursery in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Locations that we may also visit include:

  • Aston
  • Benington
  • Codicote
  • Graveley
  • Hitchin
  • Ickleford
  • Knebworth
  • Letchworth Garden City
  • Oakland
  • Stapleford
  • Stevenage
  • St Ippolyts
  • Walkern
  • Ware
  • Watton at Stone
  • Welwyn
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Weston

If you live in, or close to...

one of these towns, then contact us to find out if one of our therapists can see you for an outreach visit.

11. Do you visit homes in all parts of Oxfordshire? What about outreach visits in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire?

In certain cases, our therapists may be able to visit children at home or at school / nursery in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire.

Locations we may be able to visit include the following places (and areas close by):

  • Abingdon
  • Aylesbury
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Brackley
  • Charlbury
  • Chinnor
  • Chipping Norton
  • Didcot
  • Faringdon
  • Garsington
  • Henley
  • Henley-on-Thames
  • High Wycombe
  • Hungerford
  • Maidenhead
  • Marlow
  • Middleton Cheney
  • Moreton in Marsh
  • Newbury
  • Oxford
  • Pangbourne
  • Princes Risborough
  • Reading
  • Shipton-on-Stour
  • Sonning
  • Sonning Common
  • Stanford in the Vale
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Stokenchurch
  • Stow on the Wold
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Swindon
  • Thame
  • Twyford
  • Wantage
  • Wallingford
  • Wantage
  • Wendover
  • Witney
  • Wokingham
  • Woodstock

If you live in, or close to...

one of these towns, then contact us to find out if one of our therapists can see you for an outreach visit.

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