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Do I need a referral from my doctor?

A doctor’s referral is not necessary for assessment of your child’s speech and language, however adult clients may need a GP referral, particularly if you intend to claim for therapy from your health find.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

We aim to offer you an appointment within three or four weeks.

How long is each session?

Generally assessments are conducted in 60 – 90 minute sessions and it may take more than one session to conduct a comprehensive assessment. Therapy sessions vary between 45-60 minutes depending on the purpose of the appointment. Young children typically cope better with shorter appointments.

How often will I need to come?

This is a difficult question to answer as it will depend on many factors, such as the nature of the problem, and how the problem is effecting your daily life. We will be happy to discuss this with you and make recommendations. 

How long will therapy take?

It is never easy to predict treatment length since many factors influence the success of therapy. Adults may need months of therapy following a stroke, whereas children with mild speech problems may only need a few sessions. We can make some predictions about the amount of therapy that may be required and we can devise a plan of treatment that is flexible and tailored to your requirements.

Does it matter if I also have an NHS Speech and Language Therapist (SLT)?

No, this doesn’t matter. However, continuity of care is important so we will ask for your permission to contact your NHS SLT.

Where are you located?

We are located in the Winterbourne Hospital, Dorchester or Hobbs Rehabilitation, Evercreech. These locations are wheelchair accessible. If you can't get to us then we can come to you. In some cases it may be more appropriate for us to visit your home or school. 

What do you charge for a consultation?

We have rates for initial assessments, treatment and travel. We would be able to advice you of our fees when you contact us.

If you have any other questions then please ask us using the form on the contacts page and we will reply as soon as possible.