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faqs

At SSLT I measure my success in the progress made by the children I am privileged to help.

You will see from the answers to some of the most frequently asked question, I am able to assist with a wide range of speech and language difficulties. However, if you don’t see the answer to your question or concern, please contact me for a no-obligation chat and I will be pleased to help in any way I can.

Please see common questions opposite, however please feel free to ask any questions.  

Can the assessment and therapy be funded by medical insurance?

If you are insured and you want to claim your sessions on private medical insurance, this needs to be arranged with your insurer and you will need to check the terms of your cover and whether they will reimburse you.

What is receptive language?

Receptive language looks at the child's understanding. E.g. can they follow simple to complex instructions and understand questions e.g. who? where? when?

What is expressive language?

Expressive language looks at how much the child says. Are they talking in single words? or are they starting to join words together? As the child gets older the expectations on their sentences and grammatical structures e.g. use of 'because', 'and', 'but' is greater.

What are speech sound difficulties?

Many children have difficulty with pronouncing sounds which can affect their clarity when talking e.g. 'cup' becomes 'tup'. Often if children have delayed language skills they will often have difficulties with their speech sounds.

What is stammering / stuttering?

It is when we repeat the first sound of a word, repeat the whole word, stretch out the sound/word or cannot produce a sound. Everybody can stammer/stutter when talking particularly when tired. However if it becomes noticeable in everyday conversation frequently then it is best to seek advice for early intervention.

My child has had lots of colds and ear infections will this affect his speech?

This could be a sign of glue-ear (middle ear blockage), which can affect your child's hearing, this can in turn increase the risk of speech and language difficulties. It is best to contact your GP and possibly have further assessment with an Audiologist.

I understand my child when they are talking but unfamilar adults don't, do I need to contact a therapist?

This is dependent on your child's age. However by approximately the age of 3 most adults should be able to understand what the child is saying.