Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from Sound Talk SLT (updated 8th January 2021) Read the update from Sound Talk SLT regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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)

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is the remote provision of healthcare services using technology. For Sound Talk SLT, this means working with children with speech, language and communication needs (and the important team around them) using an online video-conferencing platform, instead of being face to face in the same room. Your child could be accessing the session remotely either at home or at school. The hope is that children will still be able to access life-changing speech and language therapy support, while social distancing measures are still in place.

The video-conferencing platform being used by Sound Talk SLT is Zoom. Learn more about it here.

What do I need?

  • A quiet area (not a bedroom or busy classroom) with a child sized table and chair for them to sit at, and space for you to sit next to them where you can both see the screen.
  • A desktop computer/laptop with webcam, microphone and speaker (a headset is ideal but not mandatory)
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A willingness to give it a go!

How much does it cost?

Telehealth therapy sessions are charged at £70 per hour.

Does it work?

Girl using video-conferencing on laptop

Speech and Language Therapists have a responsibility to ensure telehealth sessions are of the same quality and client satisfaction as face-to-face sessions.

Put simply, the method of delivery is a little different, but the therapy is the same.

Before we start any teletherapy, we will discuss with you how effective this approach may be for your child. This is because every child is different and what works for one child may not work for another. Therapy is usually effective but cannot be guaranteed. We monitor the effectiveness of telehealth sessions on a session by session basis by using our specialist clinical skills and through discussion with you.

Get in touch using the contact page if you’d like to ask anything, or think this approach may help your child/pupils.