Speech and Language Therapy - South Devon and Online

Questions about Therapy Sessions

Do you work with individual children or do you work with more than one child at a time?

Therapy sessions are usually given on an individual basis unless it is beneficial to the child to share the activities with a peer.

Sometimes parents may ask for their child to be considered for a shared session in order to share the costs of speech and language therapy. I am happy to arrange this if there is another child who has a similar difficulty and who is a similar age.

Children who have pragmatic language or social thinking difficulties will usually attend in a group but may also be considered for individual sessions with the close involvement of parents and / or teachers.


How long does each session last?

Each session is one hour and includes up to 40 minutes of direct therapy time with your child. The remaining time is allocated to the preparation of your child’s individual lesson and the writing of a handwritten sheet of notes which is sent home and / or to school.


Do I need to be present with my child at his/her speech and language therapy session?

Some parents have work commitments and cannot attend their child’s speech and language therapy session. In these cases an appointment is made for your child at their nursery or school. Sometimes a school will provide a teaching assistant who will attend your child’s session so that the teaching staff can learn how to support your child’s speech and language needs.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s session so that they can learn how to help their child improve their speech and / or language skills. The therapist will demonstrate a task so that parents will be able to duplicate the activity at home.


Will my child enjoy therapy?

Yes. I plan the therapy sessions so that each task is based on a game and generally for the younger child, they do not realise that they are working! When a child is slightly older, they may be more aware of their difficulties and know why they attend for therapy. The tasks remain fun but have a work ethic attached to them with lots of positive feedback for effort as well as for success.

A child needs to enjoy their sessions but also they need to trust the therapist to help them when they find things a bit tricky. Parents usually tell me that their child says that they will be able to do it when they see Mrs Roder. Some children refer to me as Jenny and others take the American model and call me Miss Jenny.

Here is a game that I have used with children who are working on their speech sounds. For each two pictures named or sorted into categories, the child wins a turn.


Below is a photo showing the use of the Speech Journal App on an iPad. I use this to record a child’s speech and to play back their voice. The file can also be saved and emailed home to parents to share with other members of the extended family such as Granny and Grandad.

In the foreground are some speech sheets produced by Black Sheep Publications to target the practise of the sound ‘l’.

Farm Snap is a great favourite with the younger children although we tend to play it as a pairs game.