Let’s Talk Frequently Asked Questions

My child isn’t talking, should I be worried?

There are many reasons children experience differences in their communication development. Children develop communication skills differently and no two children are ever exactly the same. Communication is more than just talking. We need to have attention, listening, play, understanding and words in order to be able to speak. Some children just need a little more time and others may need professional support to get going with speaking. If you are concerned, always chat to a Speech and Language Therapist who will be able to advise you based upon your individual child and their learning and developmental profile.

My child won’t look at me. Do they have autism?

It is true that unusual eye contact can be an indicator for an autism spectrum disorder but avoidant eye gaze does not necessarily mean your child has autism. Children can be shy, reluctant communicators or may not be ready to focus on people as there is so much else going on in the world around them. If you have concerns about eye contact then try seeing if your child will follow their favourite toy or something exciting like a flashing, spinning toy. Hold this closer and closer towards your face over time. If you have concerns, please get in touch with us.

How much is an assessment and will therapy be expensive?

Assessment with Let’s Talk is individually determined based upon an initial consultation with you over the telephone or via video conferencing. A generalised speech and language assessment lasting approximately 90 minutes is £175 and this includes a report, therapy plan and handy strategies for you to use at home. Therapy is charged at £75/hour and we offer discounts for block bookings. We try to work using a cycles approach. This means we work on some skills, take a break to allow for generalisation and then revisit intervention. We try to follow school terms as we believe it is very important to have fun and play alongside the learning process!

What can I do to help at home?

Try not to panic! It can be scary when children have difficulties learning to talk but rest assured many children do go on to be excellent communicators. For those who do find language and communication more challenging, it is really important that you focus on as many ways as you can to get communication going. Use pictures, make an action up together, sing songs and offer children choices. All of these ensure you and your child can communicate effectively even without words or speech at this stage. See our resources page for some handy hint sheets and games you can play at home.

If you would like to book your free initial consultation to chat through communication or social development, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact page.