Specialist Therapies Provided for Children
“IT TAKES TWO TO TALK”
“Our mission is to provide the important people in a young child’s life with knowledge and training they need to help the child develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills” (www.hanen.org) The research based programs provides a structured and friendly approach to developing your child’s communications skills.
DERBYSHIRE LANGUAGE SCHEME
“The Derbyshire Language Scheme is an intervention program which targets early language skills. It is highly structured, with carefully graded objectives starting from single words and moving to long complex sentences” (reference from www.derbyshire-language-scheme.co.uk)
The Lidcombe Program is a behavioural treatment for stammering in pre/school aged children ages 3-9 years. In this program, a parent/carer delivers the treatment in the child’s everyday environment. The program has been developed over the past 10 years by the University of Sydney. It is a well researched therapy and has shown too considerable reduce if not stop the child’s stammering in 24 weeks. (it is important to note that each child is an individual and will respond at different rate to this program) The program has a number of essential components. These are individualised for the child.
COGNITIVE NEURO-PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO CHILDREN WITH SPEECH SOUND PROBLEMS
This approach harnesses the child’s awareness of sounds, and discrimination of sounds before targeting production of sounds.
PARENT CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY
A model developed by Camden and Islington NHS trust to empower and develop parents interaction with their child in order to gain a holistic communication environment in order to develop the child’s communication skills.
MICHAEL PALIN SPECIALIST CENTRE FOR STAMMERING (Trained by Michael Palin Centre)
Therapy offered: Stammering intervention for ages 2-16 years, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Solution focused Brief Therapy, Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Attention Autism was developed by Gina Davis, it is an intervention used in relation to speech and language development for children over two and a half with autism. Attention Autism goes through a series of stages that intend to encourage spontaneous communication through visually engaging and motivating activities.
In Lego therapy, adults run a structured group where children work in teams to build a Lego model and each child has a particular role. Lego therapy can also be adapted to work on language targets, so it can work really well as an intervention for children with Speech, Language, and Communication Needs.
GREAT ORMOND STREET
Assessment and intervention trained by Great Ormond Street Hospital working with voice difficulties.
PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (PECS)
The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, allows people with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. By doing so, the person is able to initiate communication. A child or adult with autism can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolized on a picture card. PECS works well in the home or in the classroom.
OTHER INTERVENTIONS AVAILABLE