ESF Speech & Language Therapy Service
What are Speech & Language Therapists?
Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs) are specialists in the identification, assessment and support of individuals with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
About the ESF Speech & Language Therapy Service
The ESF Speech & Language Therapy provision is a school based service intended to work closely and collaboratively with education. It is parent funded.
ESF Speech & Language Therapists work within a clearly defined professional framework and provide a holistic evaluation of individual needs. Conclusions are communicated through written reports and consultation. We utilise a range of proven intervention methods and where appropriate integrate management into the student’s educational programme. Both therapists are registered to practice by the Health Professions Council and Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK).
ESF Speech & Language Therapy: Example of Areas of Support
Service Delivery Pathway
Service delivery pathway describes the anticipated course of care for a student referred to our service. The exact pathway will vary depending on the nature of the communication difficulty. The diagram below outlines the typical process:
Assessment usually comprises of background information gathering, observation and a combination of informal and standarised assessment.
Typical Intervention strategies can be direct or indirect and may include:
- 1 to 1 therapy and/or group therapy*.
- Collaborative working with education professionals to facilitate access to the school curriculum.
- Environmental changes to support inclusion within the classroom.
- Home/school programs.
- Liaison and/or referral on to other relevant professionals.
*Group therapy will be offered where there is an appropriate number of students with similar needs.
Our Speech and Language Therapists
Vanessa studied Speech Sciences (BSc) at University College London and graduated in 2003 as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. In 2009, she completed an MSc in Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities. Vanessa has worked with paediatric and adult caseloads in the UK and Hong Kong for nine years. She is also a qualified infant and baby massage instructor (CIMI).
Vicky trained as a Speech and Language Therapist in the UK after completing a BA (Hons) in English & History; she graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Clinical Language Sciences. Post qualification, Vicky was employed by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK for 8 years, working with children and adults. Since arriving in Hong Kong in 2010, Vicky has continued to work with a variety of client groups.
Both Vanessa and Vicky are certified Speech and Language Therapists, registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Hong Kong Association of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council (UK).
Our Speech and Language Therapists have specialisms in:
- Early years development
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders / Social communication skills
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Behaviour management through communication strategies
- Voice disorders
- Motor speech disorders
- Eating and swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia)
- Collaborative practice within educational settings
The following guide represents support and intervention that our Speech and Language Therapists may offer:
Speech and Language Therapy Consultation
Speech and Language Therapy Assessment
1:1 Specialist Intervention
Following the assessment process an intervention package may be recommended. Please note consultation and assessment are necessary first steps to identify area of needs and set therapy aims.
Cycles of 4, 8, 12 sessions of 1:1 therapy available.
*Please note this may include direct 1:1 therapy, teacher liaison, in class support and 1 EP meeting.
Consultation and/or Additional Meeting Attendance
This is the hourly rate for the Speech & Language Therapist meetings with parents and other professionals for consultation only.
An additional charge may apply if the meeting takes place in locations other than the ESF Therapy Centre.
Charges by quotation
We offer bespoke specialist intervention to students, training to parents and carers. Individual quotation can be provided based on the specific service requested.
ESF Therapy Centre
1st Floor, 2A Tin Kwong Road
T: +852 3572 8500
F:+852 3579 0685