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Nhs speech therapy vs private

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Cupofteaonesugar · 29/09/2022 14:51

So I'm just after the opinions of those who have taken their children to private speech therapy in the UK. My eldest child went through speech therapy via the NHS and I really didn't rate the service we received. It seemed that they were much more interested in diagnosing him with a condition as opposed to helping with the actual delay. Without going into too much detail, the therapist mentioned that he was showing autistic traits at his first session when he was just two years old and the only sort of guidance we received was some printed off sheets and recommendations for toddler groups for children with additional needs. He was actually discharged from speech therapy around 12 months later. It turned out he had glue ear and after he had grommets fitted his speech came on leaps and bounds and he seemingly caught up with everyone else. There's been no further concern about autism or anything of that nature. As you can imagine that whole experience has made me feel very vulnerable now that my youngest child has a speech delay and has been referred through the NHS service speech and language therapy again. I've spoken to a private Speech therapist today. She told me she used to work for the NHS delivering a speech therapy but left that job because of the restraints with time and funding et cetera. I seem to really jell with her and it seems like we had the same sort of values and opinions. I'm just wondering if anyone wanted to share their opinions of private speech therapy versus the NHS?
The bottom line is that I want to help my son with speech and communication. I will do anything it takes to get him on track and if I have to pay private then I will go without to do so.

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Pipersouth · 29/09/2022 14:55

We ended up going private as we were told that my year 1 child wouldn’t even get looked at until secondary school if he was lucky as they were too stretched and his wasn’t a “bad case” it’s been so worth it.

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IncessantNameChanger · 29/09/2022 14:58

If you can offord it, private all the way. My ds does have ASD and had no speech therapy until he got a ehcp in reception. He was totally non verbal until 7!

Also his older brother had a slt assess him and I was told he was 6 months delayed in reception as a October born. This felt off to me as he should in theory still sit within his reception peer group born six months later. I went private and he was 3 years delayed. Half his life in fact. Again no speech therapy until he got a ehcp which was 6 weekly and shit.

They are both in non maintained specialist schools getting speech therapy. I do wonder what the outcome would have been with quality early intervention. My LA pay their 35k and 25k fees plus taxi so what a massive saving for the tax payer by not doing interventions 🤔

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mummyof2xxxxxxx · 29/09/2022 15:02

I would say private all the way too. I used a great one in Leciester for my son with weekly appointments when needed. It made a huge difference www.thehealthsuite.co.uk

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Littlemissprosecco · 29/09/2022 15:05

If you can, go private.

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pjani · 29/09/2022 17:17

It’s not that private are ‘better’ than NHS, often they are the same people (eg NHS with a private practice or ex-NHS). But you can skip lengthy waiting lists and get more sessions because you’re paying for them.

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LucyBrown88 · 30/09/2022 06:27

My son is speech delayed and I have done both private and NHS speech therapy with him. If you can afford private then go for it but also do the NHS sessions. There is no harm in doing both. The more sessions the better in my opinion. Plus the NHS speech therapists knew the teachers at pre-school so could advise them how to help him when he was there, whereas the private one didn't.

I used the sessions to educate myself on what I could be doing at home to help my son. The sessions are only one hour at a time so I found they didn't really help my son with speech. When I started doing the games at home with him then I noticed a bigger improvement.

There is an app for speech delay called Pippin that might be of interest until you get started with your speech therapy. It has lots of different games and books to try at home. There is also a speech course which takes you on a week by week guide of what to do at home to help. We have been using it and my son has loved the games so far!

pippinspeech.com/

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Justjoinedforthis · 30/09/2022 06:41

pjani · 29/09/2022 17:17

It’s not that private are ‘better’ than NHS, often they are the same people (eg NHS with a private practice or ex-NHS). But you can skip lengthy waiting lists and get more sessions because you’re paying for them.

Exactly this!

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Cupofteaonesugar · 30/09/2022 09:31

@Justjoinedforthis
@pjani

I'm not sure I agree with this. I spoke to two private therapists yesterday who have been therapists for 20 plus years, working for different companies who told me exactly what they do differently and why and as I've experienced nhs salt before I know what they were saying is true.

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Littlemissprosecco · 30/09/2022 10:40

The whole point of private treatment is that it offers over and above

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