Therapy sessions at the Hearing Impairment Service.
Your child will usually be seen at home or in the nursery. The therapist may accompany you to a specialist centre to make sure of good discussions about joint therapy targets, and suggestions of things that will help your child at home or in nursery.
Children learn best when they are interested and having fun. Play based activities are perfect for children to develop their language and communication skills. Your therapist will use pictures, toys, books, and other things that will keep your child’s attention and interest them in what we are doing. They may bring new toys and games or use ones that you have at home. They will show you how you and nursery staff can make small changes at home and at nursery to help develop your child’s listening and attention skills and to improve the use of their cochlear implant or hearing aids.
They will show you and the nursery staff which games to play and toys to use to develop their speech and language skills.
Sometimes the therapy will advise small changes to you and the other people who support your child that will help the child develop their speech and language.
Therapy sessions for your child will take place in school and you do not need to attend although you are welcome to contact the therapist and observe a session and discuss how the sessions are going.
The therapist will liaise closely with your child and teacher of the deaf and may visit together to make sure the school and your child/young person get the best support.
The aim of therapy sessions is to empower school staff to support your child/young person’s speech, language and communication needs throughout the school day.
Direct therapy sessions with your child may be used to:
- Model interventions and strategies for school staff. This is so that school staff can continue to run intervention sessions between the therapists visits and use strategies in the classroom. These sessions may be individual or as part of a group
- Review and re-assess their speech, language and communication needs.
We also hold indirect therapy sessions with school staff, parents/carers, other professionals. This is so that everyone working with your child/young person understands their needs and has strategies to support them across the school day.
Examples of indirect sessions might include:
- Jointly setting and reviewing care plans and targets with school staff, parents or carers
- Training school staff on classroom strategies that can be used to support a range of children/young people
- Attending a multi-professional meeting to discuss your child/young person’s needs. For example annual review meeting and child/family meeting
- Meeting with parents/carers in school.
The speech and language therapist will contact you and you are welcome to arrange to meet with them in school or talk with them on the phone or observe a session. In addition, where possible, the therapist may visit you or contact you at home in the holidays to continue the support and feedback about progress. They will be able to keep you updated and to answer any questions or queries that you might have.
If you want to speak to your child’s speech and language therapist with any questions or concerns, or to update us on any issues you can contact us on the CITS advice on 01895 488200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and the therapist will get back to you as soon as they can.