Speech and Language therapy – Our experience

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A few weeks ago we saw Annabelle visit her first S.A.L.T {Speech and Language therapy} class. Before going, admittedly, I was assuming the worst {you knoooow, they’d be all judgy and opinionated or whatever}, but within moments of being there, I knew I’d be worrying over nothing. 

The Speech & language therapist that was assigned Annabelles case was absolutely lovely. Annabelle took to her straight away and it was really nice watching my daughter being comfortable around someone she had only met moments ago. Introductions were made and before we knew it we were all down on the floor having a play.

Nicola, the speech therapist, was great with Annabelle. She really knew how to get her to listen, focus and pay attention – that way she was able to get a good idea where Annabelle was with her listening skills and seeing her level of ability to pay attention to the task at hand. Watching Annabelle respond to this {as well as a curious three year will allow}, was pretty amazing. 

The whole session was great, it only lasted around 45mins and Annabelle was reluctant to even leave as she was having such a good time playing all of the different games Nicola had. Surprisingly, I was told that she didn’t need to see Annabelle again until June and my job, at home, was to enforce ‘modelling’. Modelling is basically me repeating the words she is trying to say to me, back to her {2 or 3 times} so she can hear how the word is meant to sound.

All in all, I’m pretty stoked how it all went and that she doesn’t need to be seen again for a few months. I can only take this as a good thing and I am hoping I can enforce this modelling more at home so Annabelle can start pronouncing the ends of her words. So roll on June so we can see her progress and see what we need to do next, if anything!

Do you have any experiences with S.A.L.T!? How have you found them? 

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  1. 26/03/2016 / 8:21 AM

    We had speech and therapy with our oldest over several years, and through three different councils. We had two councils that saw her every 2-4wks and one that saw her once in a year. (Due to an ear problem she wasn’t hearing words correctly)
    She has since been signed off and we are now going through the process again with our youngest….

    • 24/04/2016 / 9:53 PM

      You saying about the hearing issue, we have an audiology appointment made for June, {her first hearing test since birth}. So hopefully that will rule out any hearing issues. Hopefully your youngest goes through it all well! x

  2. 28/03/2016 / 9:20 PM

    It sounds like a great experience and I am sure Annabelle will be doing well by June. I had speech therapy as a child – when I was 5+ and it wasn’t a bad experience either x

    • 24/04/2016 / 9:54 PM

      It was a great experience and I’m excited to see how much the SALT therapist see’s in her come her appointment in June! x

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