Frequently asked questions

Adults

Adults- What does the first session involve?


The first speech and language therapy session usually lasts for 60-90 minutes and involves taking a full history of your journey following your acquired brain injury. This will include your medical history, therapy input so far and discussing your therapy goals. I will complete some initial assessments of your speech, language or eating and drinking. If you have already seen a speech and language therapist I will seek your permission to contact them for a handover of their input with you. I will provide you with a summary of our initial session and my recommended next steps for therapy. This initial session gives you the opportunity to meet me and to decide if you would like us to continue to work together.




Adults- What happens after the first session?


Following sessions will involve carrying out more detailed formal and informal assessments of areas to be targeted, such as speech, language and communication skills and eating and drinking. This information allows therapy to be tailored to your individual needs.

After the assessments are completed I will then discuss my findings with you and follow this up with a short written summary of our therapy plan.

Therapy sessions may involve working with a client directly, or working jointly with their family or carers. .

I may also provide you with therapy tasks to complete at home.

We will review your therapy and goals together after an agreed length of time.

The support network you have is important in helping you achieve your goals. I work with families, friends, other health professionals, schools and work colleagues. This can include:

– education on your brain injury and how it impacts you

– managing expectations (both of the client and those around them)

– providing a space for them to share and discuss their concerns or needs

– strategies for supporting you to work towards your goals

– training on how to carry out therapeutic activities

– conversation partner training

– reflection on the impact of therapy or new challenges





Children/Adolescents

Children/Adolescents- What does the first session involve?


The first speech and language therapy session usually involves a full assessment.
This lasts for 60-90 minutes and involves taking a full history of your child’s development so far, and carrying out formal and informal assessments of their speech, language and communication skills and a screen of their feeding skills if required. This information allows therapy to be tailored to your child’s individual needs. Depending on your child’s levels of attention and fatigue assessment may need to be carried out in shorter bursts, or be integrated with other therapeutic activities. Following the assessment I will then discuss my findings with you and follow this up with a short written summary.




Children/Adolescents- What happens after the first session?


Following a detailed assessment of your child’s speech, language and communication skills, I may recommend: · A course of therapy sessions which may be weekly, fortnightly or once every three weeks, depending on your child’s needs.
· Specifically tailored activities to be carried out at home and in school with your child, followed by a therapy appointment to review the progress your child has made.
· I may recommend no therapy is needed, as your child’s speech, language and communication skills are developing normally for their age.
Therapy sessions last for 45-60 minutes and will be adjusted based on your child’s needs. Children make the best progress in therapy when all the key people involved in their lives are working together to support them. I will work closely with you to provide advice and activities to support the skills your child learns in therapy to be carried over into their everyday life.
I am happy to liaise with NHS speech and language therapists. For children who are already on a NHS waiting list, I can support your child and then provide a detailed handover to the NHS when they are ready to be seen.
I am also happy to liaise with your child’s nursery or school.
Therapy targets are set collaboratively with parents and carers and these are reviewed on a regular basis, depending on the needs of each child.





General (Inc T&C's)

How is my data protected?


I am registered data processing officer with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) I operate robust systems to protect data I hold about clients, which meet GDPR compliance. Upon giving written consent for treatment, you will be provided with written terms, conditions and copies of my policies to read and sign.




Are you DBS checked?


I have enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and subscribe to their update service, allowing instant information about my DBS status.




What are your terms and conditions?


Helen Price is a Sole trader, since November 2018 Helen Price is a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist registered with HCPC, RCSLT and ASTLTIP. She holds an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and is a registered as a data holder with ICO. Services offered and Pricing: Initial needs phone consultation: Free Initial Assessment; includes up to 90 minutes face to face consultation, preparation time, information gathering, formal and informal assessments as appropriate, written report £160 Hourly Rate: £80 / hour to cover: Direct therapy Liaison with other professionals Letters Programmes Attendance at meetings Telephone calls Therapy sessions 30 minutes £40 45 minutes £60 All fees are discussed and agreed prior to the start of therapy. Fees are subject to annual review. Payments can be made by bank transfer, cheque or cash A printed receipt can be provided on request. Half or full day sessions at schools / nurseries/ care homes for multiple clients: cost on request Training packages: price on request Travel costs: Travel costs from the therapist’s base are charged at 45 pence per mile plus a charge for time; charges for time will then be made in increments of 15 minutes at £10.00 per 15 minutes. Travel costs can be shared if there are multiple clients in a location. Payment: You will receive an invoice for payment which is be payable within 14 days of receipt of the invoice. Payments can be made by bank transfer, cash or cheque payable to Helen Price Cancellation of Appointments: There is no charge for sessions cancelled with 24 hours notice (or within 24 hours if a valid reason given such as illness). If more than two sessions in a row are cancelled or missed, therapy may be put on hold until circumstances allow for regular attendance. If the therapist is unable to attend an appointment, the maximum possible notice will be given and the appointment will be rescheduled. Missed Appointments Where insufficient notification prior to the therapist starting her journey is given for cancellation, you will be charged, in full at the standard therapy session rate. If a child’s therapy session is scheduled to take place at nursery or school, it is the parents’ responsibility to inform the therapist directly if their child is not at nursery or school that day. Termination of Therapy It is within the therapist’s rights to terminate therapy with 24 hours notice. It is within the rights of the client to terminate therapy with 24 hours notice. Frequency of Sessions: It may be clinically important to continue initial assessment over more than one session. Any further assessment sessions will be charged at the standard rate, dependent on the level of additional assessment required. Following assessment, the need for further therapy/advice will then be discussed and agreed with the client and or their carers. Sessions are offered weekly, fortnightly, monthly as appropriate and depending on the needs of the client. A specific number of therapy sessions will be discussed agreed between the therapist and parents/carers. A mutual review of arrangements will take place at the end of that block of sessions. A brief update report will be provided after each block of sessions. Decisions about Discharge Following assessment and/or therapy sessions the recommendation may be to discharge the client from the therapist’s care. This decision will be fully discussed with the client’s parents/carers beforehand. A report will provided when the client has been discharged. Access to NHS Therapy All clients are eligible for Speech and Language Therapy within their local NHS team. Clients who are currently receiving therapy from an NHS therapist or are on the waiting list must inform the independent therapist. The NHS therapist should also be informed of any independent therapist involvement to ensure effective liaison. Consent for Liaison and Distribution of Reports Written consent for cross professional liaison will be sought from client/parents/ carers who have the right to decline consent for contact with other professionals. Written consent will be gained to share documentation with parents/carers via email, who have the right to decline consent for this.