to Practical Speech & Language Therapy
is it called ‘Practical Speech & Language Therapy’?
- The idea for the name has come from comments from adult clients,
parents, teachers and special needs assistants with whom I have
worked. They have regularly commented on the practicality of
each session and the targeted goals being tailor made to the
child/adult on the given day.
- Parents and staff are also encouraged to ask about areas of
difficulty they would like addressed with the child to them
as they become apparent and these may become session goals for
that session or in future sessions. This leads to a practical
approach which can benefit all.
- We are fully qualified and registered Speech and Language
Therapists who work as a team to provide Speech and Language
Therapy to children, teenagers and adults in Dublin and the
is an Outreach service?
- An Outreach service exists when the Therapist travels to the
client and works with the client and caregivers at home or at
school. The Therapist and parent or the Therapist and school
work in partnership together to help the child develop language
- It is our ethos that parents and staff are central to the
process with the child and therefore are encouraged to observe
each session allowing them to learn strategies and techniques
used by the Therapist for language and behaviour remediation.
- Therapy is a step by step approach for the child and for
the parents/ caregiver as it is seen as a learning curve for
happens at the session? (Child sessions)
- The Therapist uses her own equipment and programmes and plays
fun and motivating games with the child. Discrete goals are
set by the Therapist at each session. These are written up from
each session for home and school.
- This allows for parents, family and staff to observe and learn
specific techniques and strategies from the SLT within an open
communication approach. This practical approach is seen as key
to the provision of SLT to the child.
do I make the most of each session?
- Because each goal is fine tuned at each session, it allows
for the parents and caregiver to carry out successful activities
and routines with the child.
- This allows the adult to see progress through their practice
with the child. This allows for a feeling of success all round.
It also allows for new goals to be set at each successive session.
- This provides a programme which is defined and developing
on a continuous basis. In relation to adults a similar format
often are the sessions and how many sessions will we need?
- Initial assessment takes about an hour and a half. Following
on from this sessions are usually an hour.
- Sessions are generally fortnightly and are sometimes weekly
depending on the needs of the child or adult. From my experience
to date, parents and school staff have reported that a week
can ‘fly by’ and depending on the week minimal work
may be carried out. Therefore fortnightly sessions are more
productive for child and adult.
- The frequency of sessions are monitored closely by the Therapist
with the adult. Breaks between sessions occur when time is needed
to consolidate the goals and revise earlier work. Every effort
is made to accommodate parents. Extra work can be given for
an extended period and then revised at a later date if this
is deemed appropriate.
long will the sessions be?
- Sessions are usually for an hour. Parents and Therapists report
that the time goes by very quickly because there is a lot of
structure to each session. This allows for the child to ‘play’
(‘work’!) with the Therapist for about 40/ 45 minutes
and the rest of the session is spent with the parents or staff
going through goals and findings from the session and clarifying
points for the parents.
I reclaim any of the cost?
- In relation to claiming back on your expenses, certain Quinn
Direct, Vivas and V.H.I. Health Plans continue to cover a percentage
of Private Speech and Language Therapy fees. Please contact
these agencies for more information in relation to your plan
of cover. A printed receipt for all sessions will be provided
on receipt of payment. In addition, Private Speech and Language
Therapy receipts can be submitted on the Med. 1 form, which
can be obtained from the Revenue Commissioners.