Speech & Language and Occupational Assessment and Therapy
CATTS Therapy Clients have covered the entire range of life stages from babies, children, adolescents, adults to elderly individuals. CATTS offer individual Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy, as well as Joint Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy Services. Each of our clients are unique and at the initial consultation we will discuss what approach will be best based on your individual needs.
Training & Consultancy
CATTS provides Training and Consultation on SLT and OT 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.
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.
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 OT leading the group.
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.
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:
- Articulation or phonological difficulties (speech errors)
- Language delays or disorders
- Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) – Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not-Otherwise-Specified (PDD-NOS), Autism, Asperger Syndrome
- Learning difficulties
- Voice difficulties
- Oral-motor difficulties
- Feeding therapy for resistant eaters
- Listening problems
- Swallowing difficulties
- Individuals with neurological conditions or brain injuries
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy helps people to do the everyday things that they want to do and need to do when faced with illness, injury, disability or challenging life events. (AOTI). Each individual’s needs are unique, so the Occupational Therapist will tailor-make a comprehensive treatment program to meet individual needs.
Joint Occupational/Speech & Language Therapy
How does this work?
There are certain circumstances when it is in the best interests of the individual client to have both the Speech Therapist and the Occupational Therapist work on overlapping goals at the same time.
Very broadly speaking, there are four main areas where it can be best to have both an OT and SLT work together at the same time (Social Skills, Attention, Play Skills and Feeding). It is not a hard and fast rule, and as always, it is the clinical recommendation as to what is best for the individual, that drives the decision.
Generally the Occupational Therapist focuses on the sensory and motor co-ordination areas which enables us to live our lives and perform daily tasks. Additionally, the Speech Therapy discipline focuses on the areas of communication, understanding and speech. When it comes to areas such as Social Skills, Play Skills, Feeding (and feeding issues), and Attention (and attention issues), the roles of the SLT and OT may overlap. Each of the therapists will have a different angle or approach on the same issue, which can be helpful in addressing difficulties from a holistic point of view.
For example, some children find it difficult to engage in therapy tasks, or have difficulty paying attention. Joint sessions can be very helpful, to get the optimal results from therapy sessions. The Occupational Therapist helps the child to attend to tasks, for example by helping them regulate themselves from a sensory perspective. Movement activities also may lead to increased speech attempts. The Speech and Language Therapist helps to create a language enriching environment during activities, and also help support communication attempts during the sessions.
Referrals for Joint Speech & Language/Occupational Therapy arise in several ways:
- Directly from a parent or carer.
- As a result of existing SLT or OT services, where the therapist feels better results may be obtained by a Joint Therapy session.
- Referred from another healthcare professional, such as Psychologist, or GP.
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 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.
The CATTS SLT team can perform Swallowing Reviews on your Residents or Service Users to help assess difficulties and identify treatment techniques to alleviate any swallowing or choking problems.
Please contact CATTS if you have need of a dysphagia or swallowing review in your service or care facility.
CATTS provide supervision services for Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists who are required to have a Senior therapist advise, coach and assist them with their clinical work.
CATTS offer 3 mentoring plans for this service which each have 2 price options designed to allow therapists pick the best to suit themselves, their clients, and their employer. The Supervision plans are: Senior, Intermediate and Basic, or can be tailored to suit individual needs.
The rates are the same for Face to Face supervision, and Remote supervision (e.g. via Skype).
We also supervise Irish SLTs who are located abroad and who may not be able to access supervision services as part of their role.
OPTION 1: Monthly Supervision Plans
Suitable for experienced Therapists, or Senior Therapists who are working in isolation and who may wish to seek occasional contact with a fellow professional to discuss cases where they may need additional expertise.
Monthly Rate: €80
This is a regular monthly price which includes each month:
- 1 monthly 60 minute supervision session
- Up to 3 email queries
- 1 phone call follow up
Suitable for therapists who are not at senior level but who have at least 2 years experience working with clients. This may also be suitable for a Senior Therapist who has a lot of experience in one clinical area, but who has moved role to a different clinical caseload (e.g. experienced in clients with Down Syndrome, but who now has an caseload of clients on the Autistic Spectrum).
The therapists may, or may not be working in clinical isolation, but wish to seek regular contact with a fellow professional to discuss their caseload. Once competency is mutually agreed, a Senior therapist may wish to move to the Senior Plan for continued supervision.
Monthly Rate: €100
This is a regular monthly price which includes each month:
1 monthly 60 minute supervision session.
Up to 10 email queries
5 phone call follow ups.
Suitable for new Therapists who are less than 2 years working with clients and who need either additional supervision and support to their on-site supervisor, or may be one of an increasing number of newly qualified clinicians who need to work in isolation with qualified senior support.
This plan is for therapists who are less than 2 years qualified and is designed to provide the supports where it may not be present.
Monthly Rate: €150
This is a regular monthly price which includes each month:
2 monthly 60 minute supervision sessions.
Unlimited email queries
10 phone call follow ups.
All the above can also be obtained via a ‘Per Use’ Option, priced as follows:
60 minute mentoring – €80
Email case query – €10 per answer
Phone follow up – 0.50 cent per minute.