About London Speech Therapy

    From our Harley Street clinic in London, at your child’s school/nursery or in your family home London Speech Therapy provide effective (and fun!) Speech & Language Therapy across London, South Wales and Internationally.

    London Speech Therapy was founded by Chris Wade, CEO, in early 2009. Chris gained his first degree in BA (Hons) Linguistics at Lancaster University and his second degree in BSc (Hons) Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy) at Leeds Metropolitan University.

    All London Speech Therapists are fully qualified Speech and Language Therapists with a Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration; Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and are members of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

    Chris and the London Speech Therapy team have a wide range of clinical experience from working in both independent and state special & mainstream schools; community clinics and hospital settings across the UK.

    The London Speech Therapy Harley Street clinic is located at number 127 and it is where a like-minded group of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Therapists and a Developmental Paediatrician work as independent professionals with the highest modern standards of clinical practice. Contact London Speech Therapy

    Why children might need Speech & Language assessments

    Speech and language assessments for children and adolescent can identify possible challenges in their development

    Does your child:
    Find it difficult to say particualr words
    Have shorter sentences than their peers
    Find it difficult to make friends
    Avoid eye contact
    Find it challenging to spell
    Get 'stuck' on words
    Find it difficult to do what you ask them to do
    Not have any words
    Say inappropriate things to others
    Find it difficult to play with others
    If you identify any of the above list with your child, or you have any other Speech, Language and Communication concerns then you should start with a Speech and Language assessment for your child.

    Speech and language assessments for children

    London Speech Therapy provides a flexible approach to Speech and Language assessments by using a mix of formal and informal assessments (all standardised and norm-referenced) to gain an accurate picture of your child's needs this is then used to plan effective, accessible and fun therapy for your child.

    Speech and language assessments for children can take place at our Harley Street clinic in London, at your child's school/nursery and at your family home.

    Why ask London Speech Therapy to help with your child's speech and language assessment?

    All our Speech and Language Therapists are fully qualified Speech and Language Therapists with Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration and membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

    Our therapists are experienced in working with a range of communication impairments including: - Speech (phonology) delay/disorder. - Language delay/disorder. - Auditory Processing Disorder. - English as a second language. - Autistic Spectrum Disorders. - Cerebral Palsy. - Dysfluency (Stammering). - Selective Mutism.

    What happens after a childs speech and language assessment

    After your child’s Speech and Language assessment, if required, an individual course of therapy can be planned.

    Our specialist Speech & Language Therapists ensure that each and every Speech & Language Therapy session is not just fun but effective by using a range of games and fun therapy resources.

    As we have extensive experience in delivering Speech, Language and Communication therapy sessions our approaches include – Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) - TEACCH – Talk Tools – Intensive Interaction – Parent Child Interaction – Lidcombe Therapy – Tobii Eyegaze

    Request a speech and language assessment

    Speech and Language Therapy for schools

    London Speech Therapy currently provides integrated Speech and Language Therapy to 14 mainstream schools; special schools and resource bases across London, Essex and South Wales.

    We understand the tightening budgets of schools and as such offer a flexible approach to purchasing high quality Speech & Language Therapy provision within a school’s financial constraints.

    Our therapists are Enhanced CRB checked, trained in Safeguarding Child Protection procedures and receive regular clinical supervision and continued professional development.

    How our Speech and Language Therapists work in schools

    London Speech Therapy advocates an integrated therapy approach; working on Speech, Language and Communication in collaboration with teachers and learning support assistants.

    In the school environment our Speech and Language Therapists work with pupils who have a range of Special Educational Needs including:

    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Down’s Syndrome
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Selective Mutism
    • Speech & Language delay/disorder
    • Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
    • Dysflyuency (stammering)

    Joined up thinking

    Effective Speech & Language Therapy requires parents support their child's Speech and Language development at home. Our Speech & Language Therapists can provide activities/advice for follow up work at home on request and/or arrange a joint session in school for parents.

    Contact us to discuss your schools requirements

    Meet the London Speech Therapy therapists

    For more information about our team hover over the images

    Chris Wade (CEO)

    Chris has vast SLT experience and specialises in the diagnosis and intervention (i.e. therapy and training others) of children & adolescents aged 5-19 with Autism/Asperger Syndrome,; Down’s Syndrome; Cerebral Palsy and speech/language delay/disorders.

    Shannon James

    Shannon worked with Chris as a Speech and Language Therapist in Cardiff and South Wales from June 2013 to December 2013. In early January 2014 Shannon flew out to Muscat, Oman to work with one of our families for 7 months.

    Hannah Abbas

    Trained as a Speech & Language Therapist at City University, London, Hannah is currently working with a mixed paediatric caseload in a mainstream school in London.

    Sophie Rodd

    Sophie, currently works with adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders developing functional communication skills alongside an Applied Behaviour Analysis Consultant.

    Helen Burgess

    Helen, a specialist Speech & Language Therapist currently providing SLT as part of a School contract working with adolescents.

    Emily Smith

    Emily, a specialist Speech & Language Therapist currently providing SLT as part of a School contract working primarily with children with Specific Language Impairment.

    Marie Cresswell

    Marie, a Speech & Language Therapist working with one of our families in India. Marie has attended Attention Autism training and has experience with children where English is their additional language

    Lindy Sadriu

    Lindy is a Speech & Language Therapist who joined us in May 2014 and works with primary aged children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Lindy has skills and experienced in working with children in mainstream schools using the Attention Autism; TEACCH and PECS approaches.

    Emer Noble

    Emer is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist from University College Cork, Ireland. Through her university clinical placements and volunteer experience, she has experience in working with both adults and children, in a variety of settings, from schools and community care clinics, to hospitals and social farms.

    Philip Robinson

    Philip is a Speech and Language Therapist who joined us in July 2014 and is currently working for us on a project overseas. Philip gained his undergraduate degree in Linguistic Science at the University of East Anglia before training as a Speech and Language Therapist at Sheffield University.

    Mairead

    Mairead Donnelly

    Excellent free Speech & Language Therapy resources for you to download

    Social stories Social stories were developed by Gray, C (1991). These are a collection of stories used by Chris.
    download: Social Stories (607.25KB) - added: 28/02/2013 clicks: 2335
    Description: Examples written by Chris back in 2007-08

    The stages of speech and language development. An excellent guide produced by Ican and BT.


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    Description: Stages of Speech & Language Development

    Our free Colourful Semantics resources

    We have provided printable Colourful Semantics resources since 2009. In February 2013 we began to measure just how many of our free packs were downloaded and we’re surprised to find that 10,000 copies of these were downloaded in 10 months! To find out more about our Colourful Semantics app click here.
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    download: Colourful Semantics - Easy Print Version (1.26MB) added: 28/02/2013 clicks: 6643
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    Teaching grammar to school-aged children with specific language impairment using Shape Coding

    Interesting article by Ebbels (2007) on Shape Coding.
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    Inclusive Technology – Switch Road Map

    Inclusive Technology Switch Progression Road Map, written by Special Projects Manager Ian Bean.
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    Easy Read Mental Health Questionnaire
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    Description: An easy read questionnaire which Chris wrote for young people admitted under the Mental Health Act (1983)

    Your Rights Under Section 2
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    Description: An Easy Read booklet Chris wrote for adolescents detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act (1983) including a short questionnaire to test understanding of their rights

    International Speech and Language Therapy services

    At London Speech Therapy we offer a range of services to our families living outside of the UK including specialist Speech, Language and Communication assessment visits; clear recommendations and planning for intervention; the relocation of UK Trained Speech & Language Therapists to your country and ongoing clinical supervision to your therapist from our Consultant Speech & Language Therapist.

    We appreciate that not all countries have access to much needed specialist children’s services including Speech & Language Therapy. At London Speech Therapy we offer a discreet service to our international clients, providing you with: - A Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Support in relocating the therapist - Ongoing clinical supervision and training of the therapist - The assessment and therapy materials required - Optional visits from a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist

    We currently provide (UK trained) Specialist Speech & Language Therapy assessments, intervention and training to families and schools in: - Bahrain - Goa, India - Kuwait - The Sultanate of Oman (Muscat) - The United Arab Emirates (Dubai) - Qatar (Doha)

    We can provide you with specialist Speech, Language and Communication assessments in your country.

    Our team frequently travel to India; the United Arab Emirates; Qatar; Bahrain and Oman to provide specialist Speech, Language and Communication assessments. We use a variety of informal and formal, internationally recognised, assessments including the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF); the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS); the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) and the Bayley's Screening assessment. Following your child's assessment we provide detailed recommendations and plans for intervention.

    At London Speech Therapy we offer a discreet service to our international clients, providing you with: - A Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Support in relocating the therapist - Ongoing clinical supervision and training of the therapist - The assessment and therapy materials required - Optional visits from a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist

    As a well respected Speech & Language Therapy service with a clinic on Harley Street we are in a unique position whereby we have strong connections with specialist Speech & Language Therapists both residing outside of the UK and those willing to relocate with our ongoing support.

    Contact us to discuss your requirements

    Colourful Semantics - the Speech and Language Therapy iApp

    Based on independent research carried out in the UK by Alison Bryan and others between 1997* & 2011** London Speech Therapy created the fun, effective and exciting Colourful Semantics mobile application to work on developing a child’s

    • spoken sentences
    • answering WH-Questions
    • use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives
    • story telling skills
    • written sentences
    • written language comprehension

    Children work through the 5 levels of the Colourful Semantics programme to eventually produce grammatical and informational sentences:

    • Level 1 – Who? “the man”
    • Level 2 – What doing? “is eating”
    • Level 3 – What? “the sandwich”
    • Level 4 – Where? “in the kitchen”
    • Level 5 – Describe? “big”
    With the end result being: “The man…is eating…the big …sandwich…in the kitchen”

    What is unique about this approach is that children learn to associate different ‘types’ of words with particular colours whereby:

    • Level 1 – Who? “the man” (Subject – Orange)
    • Level 2 – What doing? “is eating” (Verb – Yellow)
    • Level 3 – What? “the sandwich” (Object – Green)
    • Level 4 – Where? “in the kitchen” (Location – Blue)
    • Level 5 – Describe? “big” (Adjective – Purple)
    Colourful Semantics is used with a wide variety of clinical presentations including:
    • Language delay or disorder
    • Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Hearing impairment
    • Mild and Moderate Learning Disabilities
    • Cerebral Palsy

    Colourful Semantics is available in English and Arabic from the iTumes store

    More information about Colourful Semantics

    *Bryan, A. (1997) Colourful Semantics: thematic role therapy. In Chiat, S., Law, J. and Marshall, J. (Eds) Language Disorders in Children and Adults: Psycholinguistic approaches to therapy. London: Whurr.
    ** Bolderson et al in (2011) Colourful Semantics: A Clinical Investigation. Child Language Teaching and Therapy October 2011 vol. 27 no. 3 344-353.

    Contact London Speech Therapy

    London Speech Therapy

    127 Harley Street
    Regents Park
    London
    W1G 6AZ
    Telephone: (44) 020 3475 2189
    Email: chris@londonspeechtherapy.co.uk
    London Speech Therapy is a trading name of London SLTS ltd