What to expect from a visit
What to expect from your Speech and Language Therapy visit
If you want to be seen by a Speech and Language therapist, you can refer yourself. If you are under 18 years old, we will need a parent/guardian to sign the consent form to say they agree to us coming to see you.
We will also need to find out some information from your school. Once we have this information, we will contact your school to arrange a time to come and see you in school. Very rarely, we might invite you in to the clinic instead. We will let you or your parent/guardian know when we will be coming to see you in school.
When the therapist comes to see you in school:
- They will introduce themselves to you and explain why they have come to see you (why you have been referred to Speech and Language therapy)
- They will ask you how you feel about your speech, language and social skills, what you are good at and anything you would like help with. You might set some targets together so that you know what you can practise and how this will help your communication skills.
- They may carry out some activities with you – these are normally ‘speaking and listening’ activities, such as talking about a picture together, or pointing to pictures that match a spoken sentence
- They will talk to your teacher(s) and any other adults that work with you
- They might come into the classroom to see a bit of a lesson. This can help the therapist explain to the teacher how they can change the lessons to help children and young people learn
After the visit, the therapist will talk to your parent/guardian and school staff so that they also know how the visit went. Together, we will all decide what should happen next.