Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapy is the study of disorders that affect a person’s speech, language, cognition (the process of getting information), voice, swallowing (dysphagia) and the corrective treatment of physical or cognitive deficits or disorders resulting in difficulty with communication and/or swallowing.

Treatments

At The Lahore Children’s Centre, we address children’s speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs through therapy. Treatments range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice to the use of audio-visual aids and the introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication.  Our service is provided in the form of assessments, reviews, programmes and regular or intensive therapy input. International research has shown that early intervention is very effective. Communication programmes can be established and demonstrated to parents and carers so that goals can be integrated into all environments.

Augmentative systems

To support our approach of total communication: augmentative systems such as signing, The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and visual schedules are introduced when required. All Lahore Children’s Centre therapists are fully qualified with many having years of experience. Our visiting therapists from UK meet the exacting standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and are registered with the Health Professional Council. Our therapists also work with older children and teenagers. These sessions may focus on difficulties in phonological awareness skills for literacy, comprehension, expressive use of language and mind-mapping. Our very successful study skill sessions introduce strategies to build higher-level language skills.

Children attending the Centre have a range of different conditions including speech difficulties, voice disorders, stammering, attention deficits, weaknesses in receptive and expressive language, literacy difficulties, and social communication impairments including Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The Lahore Children’s Centre provides specific intervention programmes for children with a wide range of learning difficulties and special educational needs.

Therapy

Therapy is available on an individual basis or within small groups. Some children may benefit from a combination of both individual and group therapy. School and home based therapy sessions are also provided. Our special early years groups are for young children with communication difficulties and provide a multidisciplinary approach with speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy as an integral part of these sessions as required.

Group sessions

Group sessions last from one to two hours and some children attend more than once a week. These sessions are highly structured and follow specific needs-led programmes. We often find that many children make better progress if they receive speech and language therapy within a small group setting as skills targeted are consolidated in a more realistic environment. These sessions are run by a senior speech and language therapist and either a speech language therapy assistant or another speech and language therapist. Our therapy assistants provide support to children in nursery or school placements under the guidance of a qualified therapist.

For further information or to arrange an appointment please telephone
LCC on +92 42 35752962, +92 42 35753449 or
email info@lahorechildrenscentre.com

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