Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together a list of questions we frequently get asked by parents. If we haven’t answered your question below, just give us a call or send us an email and we’d be happy to answer any additional queries you have.
What is a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) and who do you see?
Speech and Language Therapists assess, diagnose and treat people with speech, language, communication and swallowing problems. Here at Speech Leap, we specialise in working with children. We work with children with a range of difficulties including attention and listening, play, understanding, spoken language, speech sounds, interaction and stammering. To support children we work closely with their parents and staff at their nursery or school.
Do I need to speak to my G.P. for a referral to Speech Leap?
No. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and language development you can refer your child directly to us without the need for referral forms or waiting lists. Simply give us a call or send us an email. We offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to talk through your concerns and find out whether your child would benefit from support.
What is the difference between Independent SALT and NHS?
NHS SALT is free whereas Independent therapists charge for their time. However, we are able to see children quicker, more frequently and at a convenient time and location for you (e.g. at home). Once children are school-aged, many NHS services offer a consultative service, liaising with teaching staff and setting targets. At Speech Leap, we can continue to offer direct therapy to school-aged children who require more intensive input.
My child has been referred to NHS SALT but there is a long wait. Can you see my child in the meantime?
Referrals to NHS SALT can often take several months and so families sometimes contact us while they are on the waiting list. You will not lose your place on the NHS waiting list because you are seeing us. We can usually see children within 2 weeks of initial contact for an assessment.
Can my child receive input from Speech Leap and NHS SALT?
Yes, definitely! Speech Leap Therapists have a background working in the NHS and are keen to liaise and work alongside NHS SALT to provide the best intervention for your child.
My child has been discharged from NHS SALT but I still have concerns. Can you see my child?
Yes. NHS SALT services often have very strict criteria for eligibility due to the increasing demands on the NHS. At Speech Leap, we would never continue therapy with a child who doesn’t need it but can offer services for those children who don’t meet NHS criteria.
Where will you see my child?
We usually carry out the initial assessment at home or school so we can take a case history from parents and see the child in a familiar environment. Following this, therapy can take place in a location to suit you.
How long do interventions usually last?
This is a tricky question to answer as every child and family are different. Depending on the nature of your child’s difficulties, support can last from just a few weeks to a number of months. We will continually review your child’s progress in relation to targets set and discuss with you options for continuing therapy as needed.
My child is only 2 years old. Is that too young for SALT input?
We know that early intervention is critical and getting in early can make a big difference. When working with younger children we focus on skilling up parents with strategies to support their child’s communication skills which can be used during every day play activities and routines.
Remember… No question is a silly question, so get in touch if you have any other queries.
Justine & Emma