Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy & Assessment

CATTS Speech and Language Therapy Clients have covered the entire range of life stages from babies, children, adolescents, adults to elderly individuals.

At CATTS when you see one of our Speech Therapist team, you will get individualised Speech & Language Therapy. Each of our clients are unique and at the initial consultation we will discuss what approach will be best based on your individual needs.

Speech and language therapy (also known as Speech Therapy) provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals – in Ireland, they are known as part of the Health and Social Care Professionals (HSCPs) profession.

Some general information on SLT can be found on the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) site. 

Training & Consultancy

CATTS provides Training and Consultation on SLT to Public Sector, Private Sector, and Charitable services who help children and adults with special needs, as well as residential institutions ranging from severe disabilities to end of life care. Communication and ability to participate in daily life are key elements to the happiness of people in long term care.

 

School Assessments

CATTS provides School, Creche, and Preschool Screenings to help teachers and childcare professionals identify any pupils who may be at risk of developing a delay. We also deliver full assessments for children at their educational placement.

 

Assistive Technology

We provide consultancy at organisational level on the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems within their services. This covers Light and High technology, and training and empowering the care staff to ensure long term on-site skills remain. CATTS also provides support for individuals with Assistive Technology needs.

 

Social Skills Groups

Social Skills group therapy sessions focus on teaching social skills strategies; groups are selected based on a complimentary match of existing skills and goals. Social Skills groups or clubs are run for a specific amount of sessions, and usually with an SLT and therapy assistant leading the group.

CATTS Speech & Language Therapy

What Speech and Language Services we provide.

CATTS’ Speech and Language Therapists provide practical and professional advice and intervention strategies that are evidence based and in-line with best clinical practice. Each individual’s needs are unique, so the Speech and Language Therapist will tailor-make a comprehensive treatment program to meet individual needs.

SLTServices

We provide the following services:

  • Speech and language therapy assessment and scoring
  • Speech and language therapy assessment report
  • Speech and language therapy home and school programmes
  • Speech and language therapy consultation with parents, class teacher, significant others
  • Speech and language therapy treatment sessions or joint therapy sessions with other disciplines
  • Training workshops for parents, teachers, Special Needs Assistants and significant others
  • Assessment and recommendations for Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems
  • Early Intervention for children with speech and language difficulties.
  • Contribution to the multidisciplinary team
  • Multidisciplinary assessments
  • Group sessions e.g. social skills groups, feeding groups, language groups
  • School & Home visits
  • Referral to other Professionals in our Team

Who can benefit from speech and language therapy?

Children, adolescents or adults with any of the following difficulties will benefit from speech and language therapy:

  1. Articulation or phonological difficulties (speech errors)
  2. Language delays or disorders
  3. Stuttering
  4. Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
  5. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) – Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not-Otherwise-Specified (PDD-NOS), Autism, Asperger Syndrome
  6. Learning difficulties
  7. Voice difficulties
  8. Oral-motor difficulties
  9. Feeding therapy for resistant eaters
  10. Listening problems
  11. Swallowing difficulties
  12. Individuals with neurological conditions or brain injuries

School and Special Education Unit Support

As well as the usual range of SLT and OT services, we also offer specialised consultation and support to mainstream schools, and schools with additional Special Education units:

 

1.  Consultations (SLT and/or OT) 1/2 day or full day

The therapist will provide support to you, and your class. Usually this support is planned in discussion with you as the Special Education teacher, to ensure that priorities for all pupils are met throughout the year. Our weekly ½ day supports are set up to operate on the basis of 40 visits per school year. This allows for flexibility around the events and logistics that may take place in your school. We have a range of pricing methods, which we can tailor to your school based on the time of the year you wish to involve us, and the method of funding your school wishes to use. We also offer our training services, as listed below, as part of the consultation package if desired. We can tailor a blank-slate solution for a school which has unique needs.

 

2.  Individual pupil consults, assessment and therapy

We can provide once-off or regular support to an individual student where there is a concern. This student does not need to be in a Special Education class. In these instances, depending on location and parental consent, we can see the child at one of our clinics as well.

 

3.  Teacher training to help students requiring additional support in class

We have a range of teacher training talks and workshops available, which we can provide to the school’s teaching staff, such as identifying OT or SLT needs in a mainstream classroom, practical tips and strategies, sensory processing, and introduction to AAC, or how to use visual supports in the classroom.

We also offer a workshop on Voice Care for Teachers (keeping your voice healthy). Teachers often suffer from hoarseness, laryngitis or other voice disorders and SLT’s can provide preventative advice and therapy. We have received amazing positive feedback from teachers who have attended this workshop. It is always best when the whole teaching team in the same school can participate together, as many of the benefits are only gained by frequent use, and having the support of peers throughout the school year.

CATTS Class Screening Service

CATTS provides a Class Screening service for Preschoolers or Infants/Senior Infant level in Primary Schools.

The screening can be performed by either a Speech & Language Therapist (SLT Screening), Occupational Therapist (OT Screening), or a combination of both professionals to give a Joint OT and SLT Screening for a class.

What benefit would a Class Screening have?

There are many Red Flag signs in the early years which may be spotted by a routine standardised screening of a pupil. In short, a screening can catch those early signs that may possibly give rise for concern later.

The outcome of the screening is usually a short report for the pupil’s parent, along with a debrief at class level for the teacher.

What a Class Screening is not:

A Class screening is not an assessment for any pupil which the teacher or parent may have expressed a concern about regarding motor ability, sensory awareness, or speech development. Where you as a teaching or childcare professional have a concern about a pupil, or pupils in your class, please contact us regarding an OT or SLT Assessment to determine any needs.

If you have a concern regarding a pupil and require assistance getting your concern heard at parent or guardian level, we have a Red Flag document which has been found useful by teachers and childcare professionals in the past in explaining when a delay may be a cause for concern.

 

In order to provide a screening, we would require:

  • Parental Permission for each child (CATTS will send you a form you can use, or we can use the school’s own one if easier). When we do not receive a parental consent letter, we cannot perform a screening or any other observation (informal or otherwise) on that pupil.
  • Use of a spare room or quiet corner of a classroom.
  • We usually try to keep the cost of screenings nominal, usually €20 or €30 per child, which is payable on the day.