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Dinosauratemydaffodils Tue 08-Jan-19 18:59:35

Does anyone have any experience of the above. My almost 4 year old has just had his assessment and we were told that this is the only option available.

I'm slightly concerned because he's not great in a group environment, with a tendency to act out/play to the audience.

He talks all the time and has a huge vocabulary but struggles to make the correct sounds. He's also highly resistant to being shown.

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JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 08-Jan-19 20:09:53

I’ve not experienced group sessions sorry, we were given 1 to 1 sessions for 6 weeks but that’s was a while ago.

I’d go and see if it helps. If it doesn’t, the SLT might suggest something else.

There’s some good resources on Talking Point too smile

RubySlippers77 Wed 09-Jan-19 19:40:02

We went on a course of group sessions recently and it was massively underattended (very annoying when we'd waited months for it!) - there were supposed to be six children but each session there were only two or three (we went to all of them). So you may find that in that respect it's not as big as you expected anyway.

There were two therapists in our group which helped, they did a short talk at the beginning to explain what we were focusing on that week, then moved round the room to work with each child.

If it's still not a great option could you look at private therapy? Is that something affordable in your area?

Hello1290 Fri 11-Jan-19 09:07:20

We went years ago. I wouldn't worry too much about your DS acting out or being resistant - the SLT's will have seen all sorts of behaviour.

Dinosauratemydaffodils Sat 12-Jan-19 20:45:33

Thank you all

They do individual stuff but only once they have tried group therapy and there is a much longer waiting list.

From what they said, it's all group work, mostly singing songs, clapping etc with one therapist. We have considered private therapy but dh doesn't think it's as big a problem as I do and thus isn't keen to pay. I think he's correct in that the lady doing the assessment agreed that he can make all the correct sounds but he's not putting them in retrospectively if that makes sense. So words in English/French he learns now, come out pretty perfect, words he learnt as a baby are incorrect. However I think he needs more help in catching up than dh does, he thinks that by the time he starts school (August Scotland and deferring) he'll be fine, I'm not convinced without help.

I'm sure they will have, but when it's a finite number of sessions lasting 40 minutes, wasting potentially half of that whilst waiting for him/other children to settle seems ridiculous. Plus there will be multiple baby siblings there to add to the mix (and the noise) including ds's.

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