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Here are some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on SN.

how to find a private salt?

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greener2 Wed 12-Feb-14 22:20:30

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Handywoman Wed 12-Feb-14 22:33:00

Best thing I ever did for dd2, really delivered the goods.

www.helpwithtalking.com

Jellyandjam Wed 12-Feb-14 22:58:31

I just googled private speech therapy in my area.
Again best thing we have done for DS, we still have a long way to go but the progress he has made has been lovely to see. NHS was just too hit and miss to make any difference.

greener2 Wed 12-Feb-14 23:13:38

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greener2 Wed 12-Feb-14 23:17:35

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Bilberry Wed 12-Feb-14 23:26:09

We pay £70 per hour but I have heard between £45 and £120 per hour depending where you are (the higher figure was in London). The initial meeting, assessment and report will probably be a set fee - ours was £120 if I remember correctly. You also need to pay for additional reports, attendance at review meetings etc.

Having said that, the only effective and consistent therapy my ds has received has come from my private SALT. NHS are hopeless but I had to keep in with them as I needed them on board for our speech and language unit application - though the person who wrote it had barely met my ds. I am now in a quandary in that I need to push for proper SALT support at school if we don't get in the unit but am not sure if I actually want NHS input as it has been so inferior to private therapy. (My private salt steps back on the rare occasions he sees the NHS as two approaches at once would be too confusing).

Jellyandjam Thu 13-Feb-14 07:29:33

I agree that from what I have read the price varies greatly depending on where you live. We have a 45 minute session weekly which costs £42. She also does a 30 minutes for £35 minutes or one hour for £60. But from what I have heard these sound like reasonable prices.
The first set of NHS therapy blocks we had were with a great therapist but the fact that it was only five week blocks followed by being put back in a waiting list for weeks again was frustrating. Then before Christmas we were told they were restructuring and the next block would be a different therapist. After 7 weeks he got his new appointment, she cancelled the first leaving us with only four sessions. When we went the sessions were awful, a completely negative experience for my DS and I left feeling deflated and upset.
The private SALT is fantastic, knows when to back off or change activities if he is getting restless etc. her website stated what kind of speech and language issues she had experience with etc and after the initial assessment she let us know whether she thought it was appropriate for DS to have therapy with her. She knew our first NHS therapist and kept in contact with her so that they both knew what each was doing. If possible I would definitely recommend private. Good luck finding somebody.

SingySongy Thu 13-Feb-14 09:02:39

I'm an independent SLT smile

As handywoman says, go to www.helpwithtalking.com
This is the website for ALSTIP, where most independent SLTs are registered. You can do a search for therapists in your area, and those that work with particular age groups and needs. Most therapists will be very happy to have an initial chat with you on the phone, to work out if they are the right fit for you. Therapists do tend to specialise in particular areas (ie, general paediatrics, ASD, speech sound disorders, physical disability,stammering etc...), so it's worth looking around for the one that is right for you. Ask what their experience is in the particular need that you have. A good therapist will be upfront and honest with you.

SingySongy Thu 13-Feb-14 09:04:10

Sorry - ASLTIP. (clumsy typing!) The Association for Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practise.

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