Going private & starting speech therapy

speech therapy
I wrote a post a week or so ago called, My toddler has a tongue tie, but a few weeks after writing that we finally got the letter through the door, you know the little brown medical envelope – which got me so excited to open it up and see when my youngest girl would have an NHS appointment to have her tongue tie looked at by a consultant.

However, the brown envelope did not contain the excitement as I’d hoped but instead it informed me that the consultant had discharged my daughters case and gave it straight over to speech & language – without even seeing her.

I wasn’t too pleased, as you can imagine. I mean, if he
had of seen her, thought she didn’t need any form of surgery to have the tongue tie snipped then discharged her – that I could understand! But he didn’t even see her before handing her over to another department. So with a little push from my Dad to go private for a second opinion – we did just that.

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I remember being completely clueless about how private care worked and the costs for appointments etc, I recall asking for an idea of the fees involved and following up her answer by choking on my tea. A shocking £150 just-to-be-seen-by-a-consultant fee and let’s not even go down to route of the £2000 price tag of having the procedure done, if, in fact, she needed it doing! But, with us needing that second opinion {and being told that getting one from the NHS was unlikely}, we found ourselves booking her an appointment.

We only had to wait one week before going to her appointment {which was impressive due to the 3wk+ waiting list on the NHS} and as soon as we arrived, she was called by the consultant. Annabelle made the perfect little patient and I have to say, I was really impressed how detailed her appointment was. The consultant did the usual asking relative questions, then he did a few checks – counted her teeth, felt her throat, checked her ears for any possible glue ear and so forth and then he delivered the shocker.

“You’re daughters tongue tie is no longer an issue”

Err…say what now?

He followed that revelation up with the question “Since being told by the Health visitor regarding your daughters severe tongue tie have you been doing any exercises with her to stretch it?”. It was funny he asked because we had been doing a number of exercises with her, such as sticking out our tongues and giving them a wiggle – this would be done several times a day. After hearing that the consultant confirmed that doing those exercises appeared to have stretched her tie to no longer be an issue.

But the most important result of that appointment {and the £150 fee was completely worth it, albeit painful to hand over for a check-up!} was being told her tongue tie was no longer present and now we knew the next step in her development was going to be and that was speech therapy. The consultant said that speech therapy will be an awesome next step for her and he was going to write her GP a letter to try and rush it all through a little quicker – if he could! 

So that’s we’re we are up to, waiting on our letter to start speech therapy and hopefully seeing if that helps her to talk and pronounciate it her words better. Although if I’m honest, she’s been coming on leaps and bounds since we unknowingly stretched out her tongue tie, so hopefully by the time her speech therapy letter arrives – she’ll only need a little nudge before she is a non-stop proper talking machine!

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{Also, when we got home we had a letter from the NHS all of a sudden having an appointment free to give to my daughter – *rolls her eyes* how’s that for typical!}

Has your child ever went to speech & language therapy? As a parent, did you find it helped? 

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  1. 15/02/2016 / 8:11 AM

    My two year old is having speech therapy at the moment as she hardly speaks and just says one and two words. It is so frusstrating for them not being able to communicate , my little girl has been slower to potty train and make friends due to it. So far they have just visited her at home and nursery and filled in a report as she is still so young. I hope Anabell gets seen soon and that things go well xx

  2. 15/02/2016 / 10:15 PM

    LM began speech therapy in January. She has it in a group with two other children and they think she is making really good progress. I think much of her progress is down to having started nursery and generally that she has ‘decided to talk’. I think SALT came too late for her really, she’s done it herself with our help. I really hope Annabel gets an appointment through quickly (our’s took three months), I do believe it’s well worth going even if she is speaking better herself.

  3. Julie S.
    16/02/2016 / 6:48 PM

    Hope the speech therapy goes well! We’re not at that stage yet, my baby doesn’t say more than a couple of words.

  4. Sara
    16/02/2016 / 11:48 PM

    My son was born with a cleft palate and has been in speech therapy since he was 18 months (he is 3 now). It has made a world of difference! The best advice I can give you is to work with her at home. Kiddos progress much faster if they get daily doses of speech therapy (2-5 minutes is all!), then just once a week or whatever your therapist’s schedule is.

    One day at a time mama. You got this! #TwinklyTuesday

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