WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVATE AND NHS SPEECH THERAPY?
In South Gloucestershire the NHS provide a free service for children until the end of KS1* You pay for private Speech Therapy and as a result may find the service to be more timely and flexible to meet your child's needs.
All Speech and Language Therapists
must have the appropriate qualifications and be registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC.)
You are entitled to both private and NHS Speech Therapy and I would always advocate going to your local NHS service. I can work with you prior to NHS support, during or following discharge from the NHS and will always endeavor to work closely with your NHS Therapist.
For more information on the NHS speech therapy service in Bristol and South Gloucestershire please go to:
(* NHS speech therapy services are available up to age 18 for stammering and feeding difficulties.)
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Please see the 'services and fees' page for current pricing.
CAN I CLAIM ON MY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?
This will depend on your level of cover and you will have to check with your own insurance company. Typically fees will need to be paid by you and claimed back through your insurance. Please let me know if you have insurance in place as I am happy to accommodate this where possible.
ARE THERE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
A £50 deposit is required when booking your first appointment, the remainder will be due at the appointment.
Therapy sessions will be invoiced at the end of the month or can be paid at each session.
Additional reports, meetings, programmes or visits will be invoiced once completed (with prior agreement with you.)
Preferred method of payment is via bank transfer.
Cash payments are also accepted.
Invoices should be settled within 10 days.
If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.
Talking Point gives parents/carers the information you need to help your child develop their speech, language and communication skills.
If you are concerned about your child's speech, language and communication, you can use their progress checker to see how they are doing. There are FAQ factsheets for both parents and practitioners.
Hanen is a communication charity based in Canada. As well as developing fantastic courses to improve children's communication through every day interactions they also produce great practical advice for parents of children with communication delays and social communication difficulties.
The British Stammering Association provides advice and support for adults and children to stammer.
The National Autistic Society provided advice and support for people with Autism and their families.