Tuesday 11 March 2014

AFASIC: help and support for parents

Listen to Abby's story as she talks about her early childhood and the frustrations she felt by not being able to express herself and to understand others. There's lots of helpful advice for parents on the AFASIC website http://www.afasic.org.uk/


Sunday 9 March 2014

NHS vs Independent Speech and Language Therapy: what's the difference?

We are often asked about the differences between NHS and independent or private speech and language therapy. Georgina White explains more: 


·         Independent and NHS Speech and language therapists (SLTs) both have to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council i.e. all SLTs have to complete registered training and are committed to ongoing professional development.
·         All SLTs follow the same standards and ethics
·         All SLTs should be committed to multi-disciplinary team working i.e. working in collaboration with teachers, other health professionals; including other SLs
·         SLT’s are committed to continuing professional development, so many are trained in specialist areas of communication difficulties.


·         The main difference between these two services is time! Typically, independent therapists offer immediate appointments for assessment; followed by therapy if required.
·         As independent therapists have more time available, they are able to offer more flexibility; especially in terms of where and when they can see clients. Often independent therapists prefer to see their clients, especially children at home; as this is where they are typically more comfortable.
·        However, time and flexibility comes at a cost as independent therapists charge for their time and experience.

Despite any differences or similarities in the SLT services, collaboration is vital. At Small Talk Speech and Language Therapy Ltd, we take great pride and consideration in involving all other professionals in a clients care pathway. We will work closely with other NHS SLT’s involved with our clients so that we can be sure that we are aiming for the same goals, and that families and clients can get the continuity of care they deserve, when and where possible.

Georgina White