This is a personal case study relating to my first daughter: It quickly became apparent that Ella had speech articulation difficulties as she developed babbling and her first words.
By her 1st Birthday I had already started 'treating' her and presents included toy instruments for oral practice and to encourage rhythm.
This child was referred as his mother was concerned that although he was using sentences to communicate, his pronunciation was not very clear and many people could not understand him. Initial assessment suggested no other developmental concerns but his speech was often very difficult to understand.
This little boy only needed to be seen for 2 sessions. At referral,
there was considerable concern from both parents as this child had a
sudden onset of stammering. Initially it had seemed mild, but quite
quickly they felt he seemed to be “struggling” more to get his words
out, and there was some breath holding and some physical tension in his
hands and face.
This child was referred to me by her parents and was seen for intensive
speech and language therapy for 3½ years. At initial assessment she
presented with delayed expressive language (use of sentences), excellent
receptive language skill (understanding) but her speech was highly
This little boy was already receiving NHS therapy but his parents did not feel he was having enough sessions and were keen for him to have as much speech and language therapy as possible/appropriate before he started school. He was referred to me 2 terms before starting school.
This little boy was having some local NHS therapy out of County but
the parents did not feel it was very satisfactory and felt their son was
making very slow progress.
This child was seen for a multi-professional developmental assessment just prior to him being referred to see me. I saw him for initial assessment mid-July and he was due to start school in less than 2 months in the September.
I have been able to offer full assessment of children who live abroad and who may be visiting family in Shropshire.
This boy was referred as the family and school were concerned that he
was having difficulty expressing himself and this was particularly
noticeable when he was excited.
This boy was referred as his mother felt he was concerned by his
speech pronunciation and that he was motivated to change it. He
commented that his speech "sometimes worried" him and he felt he