Private Speech and Language Therapy services in Derbyshire by professional and friendly therapists.
Our team of highly qualified therapists in Derbyshire can help with the full range of Speech and Language Therapy needs. Here are just a few reasons why you may need to see a Speech and Language Therapist:
Your child may find it difficult to articulate a sound. Most commonly, 'k' / 'c' is replaced with the 't' sound - e.g. car = tar, or your child may have difficulty saying a friction sound such as 'f' or 's' - e.g. fish = bish / sock = dock. Other common difficulties include lisps, or there may be a number of sounds your little one is struggling to articulate, and you are finding it difficult to determine which they are. The speech therapist can assess your child's speech to find a pattern to the errors and provide you with therapy, usually a block of six weekly sessions or a home-based programme of games and exercises to help. You can decide how to proceed once you have a better picture of what your child's difficulties are.
Your child may have a reduced vocabulary or find it difficult to express himself, sounding immature for his age. He may need help to understand what is being said, to expand his sentences, to express his needs and wants, and to tell or retell stories or events in the past or future tenses.
Stammering / stuttering
Your child may have difficulty saying the words she wants to. Her speech may sound 'bumpy', i.e. dysfluent with many of the sounds and syllables repeated, prolonged or blocked. Your child will need an assessment and thereafter some advice and / or therapy.
Attention and listening
Your child may have difficulty staying focused during carpet time at school or listening to instructions or stories. A speech therapist can help to provide strategies that will help your child to stay calm and focused and therefore ready to learn.
Your child may have difficulty understanding what is expected of him in a given situation or may find it hard to follow social rules. He may need help to develop confidence, to make friends and to understand the rules of conversation, such as initiating a conversation, maintaining a conversation, giving eye contact, and turn-taking. A speech therapist will be able to advise on strategies to improve these skills.
Eating and drinking (Dysphagia)
Dysphagia is the term used to describe a difficulty with chewing or swallowing. Symptoms of dysphagia can include coughing, choking or gagging on food or drink. Children may also display weight loss or failure to thrive, chest infections, dehydration or food avoidance. Your child may have difficulty moving on with textures or learning to chew new foods. These difficulties can sometimes be seen with Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other syndromes and disabilities. It may also be seen in children who are normally developing or those with a history of reflux.
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