Muddy says: Independent Speech & Language Therapy Service is a warm, friendly practice providing life-improving treatment, support and care for individuals with difficulties communicating.
Established in 1995, Independent Speech & Language Therapy Services (ISLTS) are based in a non-assuming terraced house in central Norwich. As a mother, I found the non-medical appearance somewhat reassuring, plus the interior is simple and homely which makes an initial visit considerably less daunting for all involved.
Communication problems can occur in childhood as primary difficulties with speech, language and communication or are secondary to other developmental conditions such as autism, learning difficulties and hearing problems. They can have a direct impact on a child’s development, educational outcomes and their health and wellbeing.
Speech, language and communication difficulties can also occur later in life – as a result of an accident or a stroke. They can also be a result of a progressive illnesses such as cancer or dementia.
There are a wide range of causes and the eleven strong team at ISLTS will assess, treat and develop a personalised therapy plan which can be undertaken in the Norwich based clinic and if necessary in the patients home, school, nursery or nursing home.
They will also work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists to develop combined treatment program.
Some common areas that ISLTS can help with include
- Problems with producing speech sounds accurately.
- Voice problems – such as hoarseness and loss of voice.
- Children with autistic spectrum disorder.
- Problems understanding language (making sense of what people say) and using language (words and sentences).
- Social interaction with others, for example, difficulties understanding the non-verbal rules of good communication or using language in different ways to question, clarify or describe things.
- Supporting adults with communication as a result of medical conditions, such as stroke, head and neck cancer, progressive diseases and dementia.
- Individuals born with physical conditions such as cerebral palsy, cleft palate and Down’s Syndrome.
- Problems resulting from head injury or traumatic brain injury.
- Selective mutism.
An initial assessment costs £250 and consists of two 50 minute sessions, a detailed report and meeting to discuss the findings. From this, a personalised plan will be developed and sessions are subsequently charged at a varying hourly rate, depending on the needs of the client.
The practice manager has details of some charities who may be able to assist with funding in special circumstances.