Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know my Speech and Language Therapist is registered?
Since October 2000 all speech and language therapists have had to register with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). This is one of eight UK regulators of health professionals. Their main objective is to safeguard the health and well-being of those using or needing the services of registrants. Anybody who is using the title “Speech and Language Therapist”, and who is not registered, is liable to prosecution.
You should ask to see your speech and language therapist’s HCPC registration document. Alternatively, you can contact the HCPC direct to confirm registration.
HCPCUK registration department: telephone: 0845 300 4472.
Both Sue Gowers and Lesley Abel are also registered members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). This is a nationally recognised professional body, and both therapists value their role in the continuing development of the profession, and themselves as individuals. To confirm membership you should ask to see your therapist’s membership card or check by contacting RCSLT direct.
RCSLT telephone: 0207 378 1200, www.rclst.org.uk
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
Appointments can generally be arranged within 1-2 weeks.
Where will my child be seen?
It is best to see your child in a familiar environment. This could be at home, in nursery or at school. Sometimes it is useful to see a child in more than one setting to assess how they are coping in different situations.
Do I stay during therapy sessions?
The therapist will want to meet with a parent or carer at the initial assessment. This will enable the therapist to gain a history of your child’s development and to understand your concerns. If you are unable to attend subsequent therapy sessions, e.g if your child is being seen at nursery or school, the therapist will ensure that you are kept informed about therapy targets and progress. Activities to carry out at home can also be provided.
How long will the assessment take?
The initial assessment session normally lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes, including discussion with parents, and will depend on the age and attention span of the child. In some cases it may be necessary to offer a further session to complete assessments or to see your child in a different environment.
How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions generally last for 1 hour. This hour will include working with your child and discussions with parents and/or school staff.
Can I see an NHS therapist as well?
Yes. RCSLT guidelines endorse collaborative practice and you can choose to:
- Use independent Speech and Language Therapy whilst on an NHS waiting list
- Attend both independent and NHS provision simultaneously
- Opt out of NHS provision altogether
How will you assess my 2 year old?
At this age, your child will be unable to sit through formal testing and so assessment will comprise observation, discussion and informal assessment through play.
My child’s teacher is worried. Will you be able to contact the teacher?
Yes. For therapy to be effective it is essential for key professionals and parents to work together.
Any other queries? Please contact Sue or Lesley direct, or use our general enquiry form.