We assess and treat newly diagnosed children, children with query diagnosis and children with ongoing needs. We have extensive experience with children on the Autistic Spectrum and work with teams of behavioural consultants, home tutors, parents, teachers and other professionals to treat the children who attend SALTS. We fully believe in a holistic, intensive, regular approach to treatment. We treat children using evidence based practices.
Pre-schoolers with delays/disorders in Speech and Language
At SALTS, we believe Early intervention is vital. It is proven to be the best place to start therapy with children who have pronunciation difficulties and ongoing language and communication needs.We have a child friendly clinic setting to help children learn and progress where they feel safe and confident. We also work in a number of infant schools, developing resources and treatment approaches for young children and are committed to helping all children reach their potential. Working with toddlers to give them the best chance at being ready for life in National School is a rewarding and valuable part of our profession and we believe Early Intervention cannot be underestimated.
School aged children
School aged children who have difficulty with literacy or following the general curriculum often have underlying language deficits. We will assess, identify and treat all communication and literacy difficulties. We help students catch up faster, perform better and learn easier through guided intervention, supplementing Resource programmes and incorporating speech and language goals into a child's daily routine. We work closely with parents and teaching staff to ensure children have daily speech and language input and we help write individual education plans so that targets are at the correct level.
Children with Specific Language Impairment
Children with Specific Language difficulties tend to have strengths and weaknesses that need equal focus. At SALTS, we aim to build on a child’s strengths and confidence while targeting weaknesses specific to their profile; be it grammar, storytelling, understanding or explaining. These children have abilities they are not realising which we help them to develop academically and socially.
Children with Hearing difficulties
Children with hearing difficulties need targeted speech practise and often require language intervention to help them catch up or keep up with peers. SALTS has worked with many hearing impaired children to help them progress. We can provide inital hearing assessment referral, ongoing support and guided therapy.
Children with Pronunciation difficulties
Children who have delays or disorders of speech require intense, regular and guided treatment to progress. Pronunciation work is technical and needs specific instruction to ensure children are working on the correct targets in the correct way. We enjoy helping children fix their speech errors and we use varied and fun ways to work on getting a child's sounds correct as well as training parents to be confident in helping their child learn to speak clearly .
Children with Social Integration difficulties
Children who find it difficult to make friends because of their difficulties often lack the language and pragmatic skills they need to be comfortable as part of a group. We run Social Groups for children at all levels throughout the year/ /Targets are set specifically for each group. We help children understand their peers, converse in a group, work together, join in, interact appropriately and learn from each other.
Children with learning difficulties associated with other disorders.
Children with learning difficulties learn in different ways and at varying speeds. The key to successful therapy for children is adapting the approach to suit their needs, including functional living skills so that we provide the building blocks for independence. We incorporate communication, attention, memory, sensory, self-help and listening skills into treatment plans to ensure a rounded approach.
We run professional workshops on demand and have provided training for:
• Working with pronunciation.
• Incorporating language goals into literacy targets.
• Building the language of Maths.
• Learning Language through Play and Routines.
• Social Skills in Primary School.
• Choosing Targets for students.
• Modifying goals for mixed groups.
• Building Expressive Language Skills.