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 Therapist

Vicky Topps

Vicky was 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.

Vicky is a certified Speech and Language Therapist registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Hong Kong Association of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council (UK). She is specialised 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


  • Consultation and evaluation session in clinic or educational setting of up to 60 minutes. 
  • Informal and/or standardised assessment.
  • Summary report outlining conclusions and recommendations.
  • Recommended for Kindergarten aged students. 

Speech and Language Therapy Assessment


  • Consultation with parents and school.
  • School visit and observation to obtain participation profile.
  • Informal and standardised assessment as appropriate.
  • Written report circulated to relevant professionals with in class support strategies.
  • Post assessment parent consultation with therapist.
  • Recommended for school aged students.

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.

Bespoke Packages

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.



Contact us:

ESF Therapy Centre

1st Floor, 2A Tin Kwong Road

Homantin, Kowloon

Hong Kong

T: +852 3572 8500

F:+852 3579 0685