Sound Talk is not offering in-person home or school visits at present. This is due to advice from the UK government about working from home where possible and reasonable, maintaining social distance, Covid-19 case numbers rapidly increasing across the whole of the UK, increased transmissibility of the new Covid variant and asymptomatic spreading.
However, online sessions and support for families and schools will continue where appropriate, using telehealth. Click here to find out more!
‘You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives’ (www.gov.uk)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are you professionally registered?
- Where do you offer your services?
- Will be my child be ‘cured’?
- My child is on a waiting list for a speech and language therapy appointment with the NHS. Can we see you as well?
- Does my child need speech and language therapy?
- How long will my child need therapy for?
Are you professionally registered?
Yes, we are registered with the Health Care Professionals Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This means that we have a professional responsibility to continue to develop our clinical skills and ensure high standards of care. Rachael is registered with the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice and has an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Record Bureau).
Where do you offer your services?
We are happy to work at your child’s home, nursery or school. Please be aware that we do not offer an on-site clinic.
We will travel for free within a 5 mile radius of Heaton Chapel, Stockport. Any additional mileage will be charged at 50 pence per mile.
Will be my child be ‘cured’?
Not necessarily. When it comes to speech and language development, there is no ‘quick fix’. Success in therapy depends on the nature of your child’s needs, their readiness for therapy and environmental factors. We will work with you to give you the tools to feel confident in continuing the therapy at home.
My child is on a waiting list for a speech and language therapy appointment with the NHS. Can we see you as well?
Yes. You can access private speech and language therapy without affecting your place on an NHS waiting list. Once you have been seen by an NHS therapist, we would like to liaise with them to ensure continuity of care. We will always obtain your consent before speaking to an NHS professional.
Does my child need speech and language therapy?
We will usually be able to determine this by an initial phone consultation (which would not be charged). Following this, we may feel that your child requires an assessment. An assessment will help us to determine if your child is ‘typically’ developing and whether they require any further support. We will not suggest therapy unless we feel your child is ready and will make progress.
How long will my child need therapy for?
This depends on the nature of your child’s needs. An assessment will help us to determine goals to achieve in therapy. When your child has achieved these goals it may be helpful to have a break to allow them to consolidate what they have learnt. After, this we can review your child’s progress before agreeing on more sessions if required.