SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SESSIONS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Speech & Language (S&L) development session?
A S&L development session is a therapy consultation that is set up in our classroom in Harbour City Baumhaus. Vanessa, our in house speech and language therapist will treat children and adults with different speech and language disorders.
Therapy sessions are mostly done one on one, but group sessions can be arranged depending on symptoms, age and which disorder it is. The treatment is playful and is adapted to the symptoms, the age of the child and his level of development.
Who will facilitate the S&L development sessions?
As a Speech and Language Therapist with many years of experience, Vanessa Kirsch is pleased to welcome all kinds of patients to Baumhaus. It is particularly important to her to have a personal and trusting relationship with her patients, in order to make their concerns and issues heard. Each therapy always takes place individually and is patient-oriented. It is her goal to support you and your child to improve their communication skills with diverse certified and established therapy approaches.
Through regular further education and training, the treatment spectrum includes language, speech and voice disorders as well as swallowing and hearing disorders. On the one hand, Vanessa treats restrictions in the communication skills of adults, for example after a stroke. On the other hand, counseling, diagnostics and therapy for childhood disorders are an integral part of her daily work.
• Articulation - the way we say our speech sounds
• Phonology - the speech patterns we use
• Apraxia - difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds • Fluency - stuttering
• Voice - problems with the way the voice sounds, such as hoarseness
• Receptive Language - difficulty understanding language
• Expressive Language - difficulty using language
• Pragmatic Language - social communication; the way we speak to each other
• Deafness/Hearing Loss - loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems
• Oral-Motor Disorders - weak tongue and/or lip muscles
• Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
How does a S&L development session support my child’s development?
The main goal of speech therapy is to improve communication. Some of the goals of speech therapy might include:
Improving coordination of speech muscles through strengthening and coordination exercises, sound repetition and imitation.
Improving communication between the brain and the body through visual and auditory aids such as mirrors and tape recorders.
Improving fluency through breathing exercises.
Enhancing the learning of language through language stimulation and the use of language through positive reinforcement.
Improving communication by helping a child learn another way to communicate which might include gestures, signing or augmentative communication devices (note use of these alternate forms of communication will serve to enhance speech development, not impair it).
Each child will have a different outcome depending on his or her particular challenges and abilities. The length of time in speech-language therapy depends on many factors such as severity of the problem, the frequency and consistency of therapy and the consistency of help at home.
What are the benefits of Speech Therapy?
The goal of speech therapy is to improve skills that will allow your child to communicate more effectively. There are other benefits as well. These can include:
Improvement in the ability to understand and express thoughts, ideas and feelings
Intelligible speech so your child is understood by others
Increased ability to problem-solve in an independent environment
Improved swallowing function and safety
Achievement of school readiness skills
Development of pre-literacy skills
Improved vocal quality
Development of practical social skills
Better quality of life
The ability to express one’s self is paramount. Speech therapy may help your child achieve a greater ability to use and understand language, to communicate with others and to express himself or herself to the greatest extent possible.
Delaying speech therapy for your child runs the risk of missing that all-important window of time between birth and three years of age when the brain is maturing and learning happens rapidly.
Early intervention is essential since it helps the child achieve developmental milestones further through the use of direct therapy techniques and an intervention plan that is tailored to the individual child and his family.
Those who do not fully develop or lose their ability to speak are in danger of being excluded. Language-impaired children are challenged with problems in school, which can also adversely affect the further career paths.
The Critical Age Hypothesis is that literacy acquisition is likely to be compromised if children are not intelligible by the age of 5 and 6, especially if they also have semantic and syntactic difficulties.
How long does a S&L development session take?
In general, the therapy takes place 1 to 2 times a week. Each session takes around 45 minutes.
In the case of therapies with children, there is an additional five minutes of debriefing with the parents.
When should I consult a S&L Therapist (SLT)?
The very young clients of SLTs include on their caseloads may have cleft palate, hearing impairment, developmental disability (for example, Down Syndrome) or they may have been identified early as being "at risk", unduly silent, withdrawn or unresponsive to the communicative attempts of others. Or they may simply be late talkers. The right time to seek SLT is when the parents are concerned.
Children learn at different rates. Some are fast language learners and some are slow, so it is best not to compare one child's language development with another. The important thing to watch is that language development proceeds steadily, not whether it is fast or slow.
If you are concerned that your child’s speech and language development may be unusual or slower than normal, please don’t hesitate to seek the professional advice of a speech-language therapist.
The fact is, babies or toddlers are never too young for a communication skills assessment. Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs) see children from infancy.
How can I reach out the SLT?
1. You can meet Vanessa, our SLT, in person at the Harbour City location of Baumhaus:
Address: Suite 614-615, World Commerce Centre, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Phone: 3585 8577
2. You can leave your personal contact details on the reception at Baumhaus
3. You fill out the S&L inquiry form on the website
What are the next steps after your first S&L consultation?
First consultation: Questions about the medical history and first contact with patient
Diagnosis: Different methods of testing
Evaluation report: Advice about further treatment, agreement about costs, evaluation report
Therapy: Start of treatment, number of sessions depends on type of disorder and form (1 unit = 45 min.)
How do I register for a S&L development session?
Our Speech Therapist will send an email to you, after you left your personal details with us to let you know more about speech and language development support at Baumhaus
Terms and Conditions, Location, Packages
Speech and language development support
Clients can fill out that Form if they are really interested to get an personal appointment with our certified speech and language Therapist Vanessa
Payment details: How much does a S&L development session cost and how can I pay?
Speech therapy consultation:
First consultation / consultation review 450 HK$
Diagnosis 950 HK$
Evaluation report / final therapy report 300 HK$
1 x therapy session (45 Minutes) 950 HK$
Package A: 1500 HK$
First consultation + Diagnosis + evaluation report
Package B: 5400 HK$
6 x therapy sessions
Package C: 8500 HK$
10 x therapy sessions
Payment Method Options:
1. Cheque made payable to 'The Creative Community Limited' (quote invoice number on reverse)
2. Online transfer to HSBC 499 820231 838
(email payment record, quoting invoice number, to email@example.com).
(ATM transfer is NOT possible).
How do I cancel a scheduled appointment?
Appointments must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance. You can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Non-canceled therapies must be billed privately.