An initial feeding and swallowing assessment consists of a detailed and comprehensive consultation, case history and other relevant information pertaining to your child’s early and current feeding/ eating and drinking skills and difficulties as well as a feeding/ mealtime observation to inform my clinical assessment findings and recommendations.
The assessment includes detailed assessment of your child’s sucking/ oral-motor (biting and chewing) skills as appropriate, their swallow function and their relationship to food and eating behaviours.
Following the assessment, I will be able to identify the predominant issues and underlying cause/s for the feeding difficulty and provide you with expert advice and recommendations.
I will also provide you with a bespoke detailed and individual programme to help progress your child with his/her feeding/ eating skills together with continued support and guidance to ensure progress.
Assessment of Speech and Language/ Communication Skills
I am able to support you and your child with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs.
An initial assessment consists of a detailed consultation, case history and other relevant information; observation and a formal and/ or informal assessment of your child’s speech, language and communication abilities and needs as appropriate.
The assessment can take place at your home, your child’s nursery or school or online via virtual consultation as preferred.
I am also able to provide a hybrid of these options and can offer several assessment and therapy packages to meet the individual needs of your child, you as parents and your family.
Therapy sessions are informed by assessment findings and tailored to the individual needs of the child/client and the parents/ family using a range of evidence-based therapy approaches.
Therapy involves close collaboration between parents/ carers, teachers and/or nursery and school staff including SENCOs to ensure a coordinated and integrated therapy approach with joint goals.
With older children and adolescents, therapy focusses on helping children navigate friendships and social situations.
I am able to offer a range of therapy options and packages, based on you and your child’s individual needs.