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Can I Get Any Financial Help To Cover Treatment Costs?
How Long Do Appointments Take?
What Causes Speech and/or Language Difficulties?
Genetic / family history.
Medical causes, including hearing loss and chronic ear infections.
Characteristics as part of a syndrome other on-going medical disorder.
Brain injury (before, during, or after birth).
General lack of the stimulus to learn language.
Unknown / no particular reason… Sometimes there may be no known cause for a child’s communication disorder.
When Will My Child be Closed from VocalSaints’ Service?
Why Choose Private Speech Therapy?
Through private practitioners such as Vocalsaints, who can help immediately, but usually charge a fee for their services.
Publicly, through the Ministry of Education (MoE). Public speech-language therapy is free, but has strictly limited acceptance criteria based on a child’s age and the severity of a their communication disorder. Public speech therapy entails a waiting list between six and nine months long.
Through hospitals, who may provide a Speech-Language Therapist free of charge and with little-to-no waiting list if communication disorders have arisen due to an accident or medical issue.
Private and public practitioners can often collaborate to provide support, with clients starting private therapy while on the waiting list for MoE services. Private Speech-Language Therapists then transfer their client’s treatment notes across to public Therapists when they become available.
Some families request that public and private Therapists work together, as there can be two areas of difficulty that can be treated at once. In this case, each Therapist would see the client separately, on a regular basis.
How Much Therapy will I (or My Child) Need?
Vocalsaints attempts to cater for a range of different needs by offering various types of services: These range from one-off discussion and guidance sessions, to home programmes, to one-on-one therapy. With all types of treatment, parents are kept well informed and the regularity of appointments is always in discussion with the parent/caregiver.
When supporting individuals with more severe communication disorders, allowing a slightly longer treatment duration will deliver several benefits. Firstly, it will allow time for consolidation of their therapy targets, and integration into everyday conversation. A second benefit comes in the advocacy an SLT provides for children in their schooling. Many schools may not have the special-education infrastructure or funding to fully understand a child’s communication needs and help them continue the academic process. In this case, an SLT can help by:
Contributing to Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings;
Liaising with Teachers’ Aides; and
Recommending a range of other in-class strategies to help a child receive the very most out of their schooling.
Does Speech Therapy Always Work?
What is The Difference Between “Speech” and “Language”?
What a Speech-Language Therapist would describe as “Language” is divided into two areas: comprehension and expression. Comprehension is the act of understanding the verbal and non-verbal communication that another person provides to us; this involves attention, listening, and mental processing skills. Expression is the aspect of language that we generate – it is what we say. Expressive language involves words, syntax (word order) and our use of grammar.