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Following advice from the government on Friday 20th March 2020, Sound Talk is following social distancing guidelines. Therefore no face-to-face home or school visits are currently being offered.

However, Sound Talk is providing online therapy sessions and support for families using telehealth. Click here to find out more!

For information on the telehealth services offered by Sound Talk, please click here.

Are you looking for speech and language support for pupils in your school or nursery? Sound Talk SLT can provide a range of high quality services at competitive prices. Take a look below at what we can offer and feel free to get in touch. A no-obligation phone consultation or face to face meeting can be arranged to discuss the needs of your setting in more detail.

Assessment

Assessment of the pupil’s speech, language and communication acquisition is the key to identifying their strengths, needs and make accurate conclusions and recommendations. It is vital to identify whether the pupil is developing in a delayed or disordered pattern and establish what strategies they and others are already using to help. Assessment is likely to consist of:

  • Case History with parent/carer
  • Formal and/or informal assessment
  • Classroom observation
  • Discussion with school/nursery staff
  • Summary report and recommendations

Please be aware that it may take between 4-5 hours to complete this work depending on the complexity of the pupil’s communication needs.

Screening

Sound Talk SLT can screen the speech and language development of a large cohort of pupils (for example a whole Reception class), using commercially available screening tools. Alternatively you may wish to have a smaller group of pupils screened because you have some concerns.

Working alongside school staff, speech and language screening will enable you to identify those most at risk of severe and persistent speech and language difficulties and those who might require short term targeted support. By working in collaboration with school staff, your staff will feel more confident to screen pupils in the future without direct SLT involvement.

Therapy

Therapy can be delivered on a 1:1 or in a small group, depending on recommendations of the SLT and recent assessment. This can be provided for children with a range of speech, language and communication needs either at targeted or specialist level. This includes close liaison with the pupil’s Parent/Carer, Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant, as appropriate.

Groups are usually delivered jointly with Teaching Assistants, to enable maximum carry-over to the classroom. Groups may target:

  • Attention and Listening skills
  • Social Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Vocabulary
  • Narrative Language

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training can be provided in small or large groups and is based on the needs of Teachers and Practitioners, such as typical speech and language development, attention and listening, vocabulary, bilingualism, visuals, phonology and stammering.

In addition, Rachael is a licenced Elklan Tutor (Speech and Language Support for 0-3s and 3-5s) and Hanen Tutor (Learning Language and Loving It, Teacher Talk). Please contact us if you would like further information about Elklan or Teacher Talk Training as costs may be different to those above.

Communication Friendly Settings Support

The environment a pupil is in can make a big difference to their communication, for example opportunities for speaking and listening, the physical environment and adult interaction strategies. Get support to audit your communication environments and jointly plan targets to support the speech and language development of all pupils.

Parent Workshops and Drop Ins

  • Joint planning and delivery of Parent Workshops on a range of topics, such as adult-child interaction, play, bilingualism, speech sound development, language to support literacy.
  • Parent/family information sessions or ‘drop in’ sessions.

Written Work

Detailed reports, programmes, communication passports and transition books are available on request.

Attendance at Multi-Agency Meetings

Sound Talk SLT can contribute at multi-agency meetings regarding individual pupils with SLCN, such as planning and review meetings.

Staff Support

  • SLCN Surgeries - teaching staff reserve a time slot with a SLT to seek advice and recommendations regarding speech and language development (once parental consent has been gained)
  • Modelling of programmes
  • Joint goal setting/planning meetings

All prices are inclusive of travel within a 5 mile radius of Heaton Chapel, Stockport. Any additional mileage will be charged at 50p per mile.

Invoices will be provided at the end of each month and should be paid by direct bank transfer within 14 days of invoice being provided.

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