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.
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.
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).
From the very first telephone conversation I had with Sue I felt relieved and reassured by her professionalism and calmness. My 5 year old son thoroughly enjoyed his sessions with Sue and in fact he still asks if he can go and play at her house! Not only did Sue provide effective and efficient therapy for my son but she has also been a great source of advice and support for both my husband and myself. SC
We'd been to several other speech therapists, but my wife and I both noticed that whenever we went to see Sue, our son always seemed to make significant progress - and so we've kept coming back (that and our little boy loves going to play all the 'speaking games').mSue's experience, expertise and constant encouragement (to both our son and to us) made us feel reassured and supported throughout the therapy. EC
I took my daughter to see Sue because her speech was unclear. She had been discharged from NHS speech therapy, saying they couldn't do any more therapy for her. Whenever we went, Sue was always full of enthusiasm and she made my daughter feel good. Sue is very pragmatic and always made the most of whatever time we had. In summary, my daughter enjoyed the sessions and made great progress. ED
We saw Sue with our Son (age 4). She immediately made him feel comfortable, andthrough playing with him, could make an assessment during our initial visit. From our first visit, it was obvious to us that Sue is an experienced professional in her field. Our son enjoyed the visits and we as parents found them very rewarding. Sue has given us very helpful advice and we respect her opinion greatly.
I loved the way you interacted with my son and how quickly you were able to make him feel comfortable whilst still getting him to respond in a way which allowed you to check his speech. JC
Thank you for being so kind. My son had such a positive experience and it is a relief to know that he is able to work on some of the techniques that you have shown him. He came out with a spring in his step and he has got so much from just that one session already. I loved the way you interacted with my son. JK
Jacob my son started speech therapy with sue when he was 2 ½ as he was only saying single words. He was not putting words together and was not using sentences. We are just so glad we started with sue. We have been using her strategies and Jacob has improved allot since starting. We are very grateful for everything and we really appreciate Sue’s help. Jacob always feels at ease when he sees Sue. We are always greeted with a smile and a friendly manner. Thank you Sue for all the ongoing support we are receiving RC
Our 4 year old son’s sound pronunciation was not clear so we went to Sue Addlestone. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Sue retrained George on how to produce the correct sounds. This was done calmly, patiently and with the use of toys and games so George was completely unaware he was retraining his mouth to speak correctly. Sue Addlestone is a complete professional and expert in her field in my opinion. She worked at our son’s pace and never once did she encourage us to have unnecessary extra sessions. When George was confidently sounding letters correctly she suggested our sessions end. Speech therapy can be a daunting time for parents and we are at the mercy of the experts and usually have a terrible guilt over doing the best for our children. Sue never once took advantage of our vulnerability over this issue and spent time reassuring us as well as providing a safe environment for our son to learn in. We would recommend Sue to anyone who needed speech therapy in a heart beat. LH
Our son was only 4 when he started going to Sue for speech therapy so he did not have a did not have a great attention span. Sue dealt with this fantastically and with a lot of patience and creativity too. With Sue’s help, Will has completely overcome his speech problems and is a now a very confident little boy. His speech has come on so much! We were so proud at Christmas when Will was one of the narrators in the school play. He could not have done this before seeing Sue. Will spoke really clearly and a member of the audience even commented on how clearly he spoke, and it is all down to Sue! Sue is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend her. She helped Will overcome all his speech problems and was not only fantastic with Will but also with us as parents. VR
Having looked into NHS treatment for speech deficiencies for our 4 year old daughter we decided to go private and came across Sue Addlestone. Her professional credentials and personable approach have enabled Isabelle to gain confidence whilst having fun and continually ask when she can go back to see Sue. From our point of view as parents, Sue has exceeded all expectations whilst providing (at no extra cost) extra-curricular activities such as worksheets and reward charts to use at home. The difference Sue has made is immeasurable and something we thank her unreservedly for. CC
My son' s speech was very unclear and difficult for people to understand. He started to become withdrawn so we went to see Sue for speech therapy. Benjamin really looked forward to the sessions - it was a fantastic experience. His confidence has improved markedly and he now communicates far better with friends. Not only did we have a brilliant experience, we also appreciated not being asked to keep attending further appointments which were not necessary. Amazing progress! Thank you! BW
From the minute I spoke to Sue I was reassured we had found someone that understood our position and was able to put it into perspective for me. Sue was available both before the appointment and perhaps more importantly after our initial consultation. This made us feel she was genuinely interested in our daughter and wanted to help. Sue spoke to my husband and I in a manner which, whilst very informative, made the information easy to understand and included lots of practical tips for us to use on a daily basis. We definitely feel we are better equipped to help our daughter’s speech with great support from Sue VP
We approached Sue for help with our daughter’s speech. Speech therapy with Sue was such a pleasant and enjoyable experience – it didn't feel like therapy at all. Both myself and my daughter looked forward to each meeting with Sue, and we were both genuinely sad when treatment came to an end. We talk of Sue often, and I have told many people about the positive experience of speech therapy we were grateful to receive with her. Thank you so much, Sue for your warmth, kindness and hard work with us. We miss you! NK
I just want to share my positive experience with this company, It is not my personal however but my nephew had some troubles with speaking, but he overcame them with the help of this clinic. Skye Walsh
My son’s speech was unclear and I took him to see Sue - she was absolutely amazing! She was really good at getting my son at ease and she was able to get him to do various activity pretty quickly. He thoroughly enjoyed the session. I will definitely recommend Sue to anyone – she knows her job very well! RR
Sue assessed our child for communication problems. Sue understood our concerns and was great in organising the assessment, conducting the assessment and promptly letting us know how we could support our child. She is very friendly, approachable and flexible. Sue was really supportive through out and gave us extremely helpful advice. We would strongly recommend Sue! LB
Thank you Sue for showing me how to be heard. Even after the first session there was a difference and after 4 weeks I sound just like before. Everyone was amazed. My Grandmother thinks it's nothing short of a miracle. Alex K
My son has seen Sue for a lisp for a few sessions and his progress has been amazing. Sue is warm and friendly and she has made the sessions fun for him. He sounds so much better and his confidence and self esteem have improved immeasurably. I am so pleased. Joanne Lewis
Nicola and I want to say a huge thank you for the patient work and persistent encouragement and support you've given us.You've altered the course of Nicolas life. She would have been a totally different child if she had not managed to overcome her speech difficulties. However, she is happy, confident and bright and has caught up at school after a bad start.We were fortunate to have such a lovely person as our speech therapist. Always a smile and warmth and a natural friendly manner, which made it all a very comfortable experience for me and Nicola and a very nurturing situation in which to learn. Gwen W
We approached Sue after two failed attempts with Speech and Language Therapists.We were in a desperate situation and felt we were failing our son, William. The work we have done with Sue to date has had dramatic improvement on our previously very stressed family life and ultimately Williams speech.We anticipate working with Sue in the future and feel we have the support of an exceptional therapist who has the ability to see the wider picture. Lisa C