Speech & Language Difficulties in Children

Speech & Language Difficulties in Children

Over one million children in the UK have difficulty with speech, language and communication*. Speech is vital for: reading, learning, accessing the curriculum, socialising/forming relationships, belonging and participating, understanding and controlling emotions and so on.

Your child’s speech may be difficult to understand compared to other children ofhis/her age. He/she may not be speaking at all or be struggling to say words/ sentences. He/she may not understand what is being said.

Your child can be helped. Early diagnosis and speech therapy will enable your child to catch up with his/her peer group. This will lead to improved speech and language skills which will have a positive impact in all areas of his/her development.

Therapy Model

Simple and effective techniques are taught to you and your child to help him/her develop into a confident communicator.

Your child will be assessed and therapy will be initiated at the initial appointment. Simple exercises and a written take-home pack will be given to you to take home. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s communication. Dependent on the severity of the problem, your child may not require a lot of sessions.

Speech & Language Difficulties in Children
Sue's Specialist Expertise

In her NHS role, Mrs Addlestone works as a senior speech and language therapist with children in a community setting and has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating speech and language difficulties. She has training in counselling and family therapy. Mrs Addlestone has worked as a lecturer and examiner on the speech therapy graduate course at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University).

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