Tottington Bury, BL8 3HP
Sue O’Malley (BSc, MA)
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.
I have been a Speech and Language Therapist since 2002. In addition to working as an independent (private) therapist, I am also employed as a university tutor delivering training regarding children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) and the Society for Education and Training (SET).
I work mainly with children aged 3 to 16 who have difficulties with their speech and language. Examples are if a child is saying ‘tat’ instead of ‘cat’ or ‘bider’ instead of ‘spider’, if a child is late to start talking, is not using sentences correctly, knows less words than you would expect them to for their age or has difficulties understanding what is said to them, following instructions or answering questions.
This includes assessment of the child’s speech and languae skills and difficulties and also discussion with parents/carers in order to obtain relevant information regarding the child’s strengths and needs. A report can be provided, giving details of the assessment results.
After the initial consultation and assessment session a treatment package will be recommended depending on the ‘child’s needs’, taking into account the result of the assessment and the child’s readiness for treatment. Treatment involves attending appointments (in Tottington, Bury). Parents/carers need to stay with the child during the appointments so that they are able to watch and then practice activities at home which will help to improve the child’s speech.