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OT and SLT therapy advice needed

(4 Posts)
MumFromPluto Mon 10-Apr-17 00:15:40

Dear Mums,
We are parents of a 22-month old boy recently diagnosed with ASD. It was suggested to us that our boy would benefit from early intervention, specifically from OT and SLT. We live in Central London (near St John’s Wood) and are looking for good OT and SLT therapists either via specialised clinics or to hire directly for one-to-one home visits.
To be honest, both my husband and I are quite lost in this ASD-related therapy universe. We have struggled to identify good private providers or come up with a combination of therapies that make sense.
Can you recommend how to best go about it and what worked for you? I know each child is different, but I would appreciate any advice on good providers (both clinics as well as individual therapists for hire at home). What was your experience with mixing ABA with OT and SLT? Would you recommend more of one-to-one at home vs. small group therapy at a clinic?
Finally, we came across a few therapy providers which we are in discussions with, including London Children’s Practice in Wimpole St. (for SLT and OT but in a group setting), Ruth Jacobs Children’s Therapy (for SLT), Hopscotch Children’s Therapy (for OT/ Sensory) and Beam for ABA. Did you have any experience (positive or negative) with any of them?
I know that every week counts for my boy and would appreciate any suggestions or insight you might share.

Sausagepickle123 Wed 12-Apr-17 23:18:30

I'm not quite sure how I worked it out but we started with SLT (language being my ASD son's biggest issue) then added in ABA and OT. Now our ABA team work on targets set by SLT and OT (you will need to practice some SLT/OT targets whatever you do. It doesn't have to be one thing or another as long as you're happy to try to make it all link up.
It is a bit of a fumble in the dark but local parent recommendations were what we used initially.
Good luck!

zzzzz Wed 12-Apr-17 23:24:05

Every week counts for every child, no more or less for a child with ASD. Who diagnosed your son and what did they suggest?

My opinion is that a language rich environment and support to develop at his own pace are the crucial.

notgivingin789 Fri 14-Apr-17 20:23:18

Place marking but Hopskotch is very expensive !

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