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Children

COMMUNICATE are qualified to treat all communication difficulties in children caused by:
Some errors may be age-appropriate, a helpful hint is to decide whether people regularly find your child harder to understand than their peers. Characteristics may be:

• Omitting sounds within words (i.e. 'do' > 'dog')

• Replacing sounds (i.e. 'play' > fay')

• Difficulty with multi-syllabic / long words (i.e. 'biscuit' > 'bibi')

• Poor saliva control or excessive drooling

Children will start using their first words around 12-18months, and by 2 1/2 will begin linking words together to express themselves.
• Unable to follow instructions

• Apparent lack of attention or listening

• Memory weaknesses

• Difficulties with working independently

• Giving irrelevant answers to questions

• Reliance on other cues: gesture, following peers, pictures, context and routine

• Unable to effectively express ideas

• Difficulties telling stories and narratives

• Grammatical errors (e.g. 'him go shopping')

• Unformed sentences or not giving enough information

• Using incorrect words (possibly 'word finding difficulties')

A muscle co-ordination issue leading to speech and language difficulties. For more information see www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
This may or may not be part of a diagnosed syndrome. The child may have speech and/or language difficulties accompanying more global difficulties with non-verbal skills and other areas of learning.
Children may have autism, aspergers or social communication difficulties. Characeristics may be:

• Lack of interaction with peers and adults

• Limited ability to form and sustain friendships

• Difficulty understanding and using humour

• Interpreting language literally (e.g. 'get a roll on')

• Reduced eye contact

• Poor turn taking

For more information see www.autism.org.uk

Also known as stammering or stuttering. The child may display some or all of the characteristics:

• Repeating syllables or whole words (e.g. 'mumumummy' or 'and and and and then he...')

• Unable to vocalise words ('blocking')

• Extending some sounds (e.g. 'sssssssoup')

• Some unwanted whole body or facial movements

• Anxiety or avoidance of certain speaking situations

For more information see www.stammering.org

If you have not already, please ask your GP for a referral to ENT. Voice difficulties may be characterised by:

• Feeling like there is a lump in your throat

• Regularly losing your voice partially or completely

• Coughing a lot

• Having a dry throat

• Having a harsh, croaky or weak voice quality

People with persistent conductive hearing loss (glue ear) or sensori-neural hearing loss will often have speech and/or language disorders. If you suspect a hearing loss and have not already, please request an audiology appointment via your GP.
Speech Therapy - Children

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Helpful doduments/websites

PDF : "Information for Parents on Communication Difficulties"
PDF : "Ages and Stages of Communication Development"
PDF : "Misunderstood: Supporting children with communication needs"
PDF : COMMUNICATE's what to expect at my child's first SLT session
PDF : Talk Together Pamphlet

ICAN : www.ican.org.uk
The Communication Trust : www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
Afasic : www.afasic.org.uk
Talking Point : www.talkingpoint.org.uk
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists : www.rcslt.org.uk therapy & assessment
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When Harry was 3 we were told he probably couldn't manage main stream school because of his oral dyspraxia. Despite this, we enrolled him at St John's primary school. When he was 4 1/2, someone came to assess him at school with a view to "encouraging" us to send him to a speech and language unit instead. Whilst the unit is lovely, we wanted him to stay in primary school and luckily St John's agreed. We were told at this point that reading, spelling and literacy in general would "always be hard" for Harry.

We left him in main stream school and arranged for speech therapists (one of which was Emma Ferris) to help him outside school hours. Harry is now 12 and at St Albans High school. He scored really well in his SATs - above average for literacy and well above average for maths. He has a select circle of good friends and enjoys school immensely. He has just been selected by his teachers to write a speech for his school Presentation Day, that he is to read this in front of the school himself. This is largely because of the help and support he received from people like Emma.

The insecure, shy, noiseless child from eight years ago has turned into a literate, confident, well spoken, polite child who thinks little of standing up in front of hundreds of his peers to give a speech! Not bad for someone who was "always going to struggle". Speech therapists have literally changed his life.

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