We contacted all of our Users to find out about their experiences with Speech and Language Therapy. We were completely overwhelmed with the number of responses we received, showing us that access to Speech and Language Therapy is something you all feel very passionate about. We think that’s great, because we do too!
Thank you to everyone who gave us their feedback, it was very interesting to hear about your positives experiences and also the key issues that you have encountered. Here is a summary.
The first thing that stood out from your comments is that Speech and Language Therapy is highly valued and can have a huge impact on the people you care about.
“Both my boys have had (Speech and Language Therapy), my youngest communicates through makaton and I don’t know how I would of coped without the S.A.L.T he’s received. They have been amazing in helping him progress”
“Can make an incredible difference to the people I work with.”
“Our Therapists are amazing!”
The main issue you highlighted was the lack of availability making it very hard to access the level of Speech and Language Therapy you need.
“As our therapist is on long term sick we have no other cover as all other therapists have their own work load, therefore only able to access for emergency advice. So no planned therapy for the children at our special school, all just ad hoc provision.”
“My daughter lacked speech and language therapy until we attended her current school. They are few and far between which is a great shame.”
“There was a 3 month waiting list before getting my son seen by a slt provided by the NHS but once they met my son everything started to fall into place and now he has more regular and effective visits.”
“On first come basis but can wait a long time from initial appointment to first session and needs may have changed”
The second issue that you highlighted was the lack of control over who, how, and when Speech and Language Therapy is being provided.
“Rubbish in special schools in borough of Greenwich. Should be intensive one to one in home & school.”
“My son has ASD and has SLT via his nursery but it’s a bit hit and miss and we have little control over it.”
“Valuable service although children in today’s society might benefit from technology tools versus flip chart books which would be more accessible and perhaps more engaging for some children”
The lack of access and control has led to many people accessing private Speech and Language Therapy but this does lead to a third issue you highlighted with cost.
“Private therapy is very expensive and a lot of our families are having to use them as they are not getting enough sessions with the NHS.”
“Unfortunately even cost effective provision is not a consideration for the charity. Our income is impacted upon greatly through social care cuts and we do not have any funding to put towards SLT.”
Overall the findings from our survey have showed us that while you are big fans of Speech and Language Therapy, you have encountered issues trying to access it, the flexibility of the service you receive and the cost of going private.
All this feedback has been invaluable to us and we are taking it all on board as we look to the future of Speech and Language Therapy.
Does this echo your personal experiences with Speech and Language Therapy? We’d love to hear about any other experiences, both good and bad! Please share your experiences with us on social media or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the solution?
We have heard everything you have said and we are working on a new way for Speech and Language Therapy to be delivered. If you would like to be among the first people to find out about our new solution please sign up