What can you expect at a speech and language appointment?

Initial Assessment

The initial assessment will vary depending on the age and needs of the child.

Assessments may take place at home or at school.

Parents will be asked to complete a Case History questionnaire which will be discussed in detail at the initial assessment.

For younger children, the assessment will be carried out using play, toys and pictures.

Formal and informal speech and language therapy assessments
Toys for language assessment with young children

For older children, a formal assessment may be used.  The child may be asked to point to pictures, name items or say sentences.

A score can be obtained from a formal assessment which will help us work out a child's skills in comparison with other children their age.

Any assessment should be fun and motivating as much as possible.  

If necessary, liaison with other professionals can take place in order to obtain a complete and holistic view of the child.

After the assessment session, recommendations can be made and targets will be set.


The duration and frequency of therapy varies according to the needs of the child.  However, the children who make the most progress are those who receive additional support from home or school.  Activities can be suggested and resources provided to support this.

For children who stammer and late talkers, the involvement of the parents is essential.  We aim to give families ideas and strategies about how to help their child throughout their day together.

Therapy methods are based on current theory and research; however fun is at the heart of everything we do.  We use games, toys and rewards so that the children often don't even realise that they are working.

Therapy can take place at the child's home or their education setting, with permission.



Speech therapy with school aged child

Reports can be useful for sharing information with schools and other professionals and are available on request.

We can also write reports to support applications for Education, Health and Care Plans.


Research suggests that there are 2 children in every class with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.  Speech Therapy Bedford can provide training for education settings to help staff learn how to identify and support these children.  Please contact us to discuss further.

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