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Speech & Language Therapy
  • Hulio
    Posts: 39
    Hello

    I just wondered if anyone has had a speech & Language assessment for their child, and/or is having SALT therapy ongoing. Has this helped to develop their understanding of language at all? My daughter has a great vocab and can speak all though her diction is poor, but her understanding/comprehension is what I think leads onto a lot of difficulties which look like bad behaviour. Any information on this topic would be much appreciated, thank you.
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,141
    Personally I think SALT is really important for our children and my daughter 9 has daily interventions at school to help with her social communication difficulties. Please do take a look at our webinar with Libby Hill who explains the benefits in more detail:
    https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/resources/webinars/PDA-How-Speech-Language-Therapy-Can-Help
  • I have a 5-year-old son with autism who cannot speak and we go to speech therapy to overcome it. Therapy fees are a bit expensive for us and we are looking for alternatives. We have found an app designed for children with autism called Otsimo | Speech Therapy SLP and they have an app about speech. We started using it and it was really useful. I would like to share the app's site with you http://app.otsimo.org/speech, hopefully it will be useful for you.
  • webbwebb
    Posts: 2,569
    Hi, we had a Speech and Language Therapy assessment as part of our EHC Plan.

    For children with average-high IQ, who can speak, S&LT is still very important for the reasons Hulio suggested - Our children find it incredibly difficult to understand and comprehend language, they also can have a very slow processing time of the conversation they hear.
    S&L Therapists can also help with Social Skills.

  • SGCmum
    Posts: 84
    I've been wondering about this a lot recently. An OT who did a sensory assessment mentioned that my daughter had some processing difficulties. I would like to no more, as I don't know how to spot this. Have people found that the salt assessment provided for ECHP assessment is thorough enough? I'm thinking about getting a private assessment done. Also, if anxiety is extremely high, and this also affects processing , can the SALT detect the difference?
  • Rubytuesday
    Posts: 293
    My daughter has never had a SALT assessment done, even during EHCP process... I wonder about it too though as she often asks us to repeat things we’ve said. Depending where you are in the country Libby Hill is a SALT who specialises in PDA (she spoke at the last PDA society conference). I think she’s in the Midlands.
  • Holly59
    Posts: 2,586

    Rubytuesday said:

    My daughter has never had a SALT assessment done, even during EHCP process... I wonder about it too though as she often asks us to repeat things we’ve said. Depending where you are in the country Libby Hill is a SALT who specialises in PDA (she spoke at the last PDA society conference). I think she’s in the Midlands.



    It’s fascinating how much SPD has affected my youngest son . Just had a Private Assessment . I would recommend both a SaLT and SPD Assessment if possible x

  • SGCmum
    Posts: 84
    Thanks. I am in Derby so could definately get to see Libby Hill or her team. I guess I was just wondering if they would say why have you brought her, she's fine. But I did wonder that with the spd assessment as she seemed to manage everything asked of her, but they picked up quite a lot of difficulties.

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