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Is online Speech Therapy suitable for my child?

Many Speech and Language Therapists have moved their services online during the pandemic. I am grateful to have this opportunity to keep offering services to the families and schools that I work with. But is online Speech Therapy (also known as Teletherapy) even an option for your child? This...

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Is private Speech Therapy the right decision?

Is private (also known as Independent) Speech and Language Therapy (SLT or SaLT) the right choice for you and your family? This blog is to give you more information about the reasons that people seek out private Therapy, and the ways it can work for you and your child, both instead of and...

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What factors do we think about when considering high-tech AAC?

Originally published on Feb. 8, 2020. This blog post comes thanks to a Parent who asked me a question on Twitter. Thank you for all your questions, it helps me to understand what you need from me. In this case, the child was using a low-tech AAC system, but being considered for transition to...

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What if the best Speech Therapy was your Physiotherapy?

Originally published on Jan. 14, 2020. You may notice that all the blogs I am writing this month are loosely arranged around a theme of "do your best, don't beat yourself up". This is because this pretty much summarises how I encourage families to think about their child's Speech Therapy. I...

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What if you DON'T do the big heroic thing for your child's communication development?

Originally published on Jan. 6, 2020. It is traditional at the beginning of the year to either set a big audacious goal, or to shrug and say you won't be bothering (has anyone noticed that the world seems to have got together and decided to have a 'word of the year' instead of resolutions,...

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Stories we tell ourselves

Originally published on Dec. 28, 2019. I have been ill all over Christmas. One of those bugs that deceives you into thinking it is going and then just moves to a slightly different part of your head and throat. I am usually pretty good at being ill- I am a big believer in resting and...

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Inclusion is for life, not just for Christmas

Originally published on Nov. 16, 2019. In the UK, it's the week where the John Lewis Christmas advert comes out. This is something of a pre-Christmas tradition these days, and the ads have a reputation for being heart-warming. In this year's ad, Edgar the excitable dragon tries hard to join...

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Why you are missing out on ideas and support for your child's communication

Originally published on Nov. 3, 2019. I am an NHS Speech and Language Therapist, and run my business on the side at the moment. When you work in the NHS, you don’t really need to worry about ‘finding your market’, because we all know that there is way too much work for our NHS Speech...

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Everything you wanted to know about feeding tubes but were afraid to ask

Originally published on Sept. 5, 2019. I'm squeaking in at the end of feeding tube awareness week with a post for anyone who has ever wondered why children would have feeding tubes. My special area of interest is in working with children and families who are tube-dependent (in fact, I'm...

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Weaning your premature baby: When is the right time?

Originally published on Nov. 11, 2018. It can be confusing working out whether your baby is at the right age for weaning. Should you go by corrected age, or uncorrected? What if your baby has developmental delays, or additional medical needs? The short answer to 'when do I wean my baby', is...

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