Speech Therapy for Teens.

Teenagers with speech and language difficulties are often impacted socially, educationally and emotionally.  

Teenagers need to be able to communicate in order to build positive relationships. It is through speaking and listening that they develop views, apply knowledge and become critical thinkers. These skills are needed today more than every before. We offer specialist speech therapy services for teenagers who may be experiencing communication difficulties. Speech Therapy can help teenagers with language delays, speech and articulation difficulties, stuttering, expressive and receptive language difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and much more. 

The speech therapy process.

Screening.

If you are concerned about your teenager, a brief screening assessment of sound production, language comprehension, expressive communication and literacy can be completed to determine if more in depth assessment is necessary.  A screening is not a substitution for a comprehensive evaluation. A screening is a less formal evaluation process to determine whether further assessment is required

Assessment.

Are you worried about your teen's speech, language and literacy skills?  Our Therapists will carry out a current, evidence-based assessment to determine individual communication abilities and difficulties. Following this, we share recommendations, as well as a therapy treatment plan if required.

Therapy.

After our assessment is completed, the results will be compiled to provide a basis for what therapy techniques will be most effective. An intervention programme is developed specific to each teenagers individual's needs using evidence based practices. A therapy programme may include school visits and observations, one-on-one appointments, parent training and home programmes.

 

Enquire or Refer.

At GIANT LEAPS we know that it’s never too late to help an individual achieve their communication potential.  Speech Therapy can improve a teenagers communication as well as positively impact their social and academic achievement. We have no waiting lists. At GIANT LEAPS we know that best intervention is best for Teens with speech and language difficulties is now - so we wont keep you waiting!

Our areas of expertise. 

Speech.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas

Language. 

Language impairment can affect a teenagers ability to understand (receptive language); to put spoken sentences together (expressive language); to develop vocabulary (word recognition and naming skills); and to recall what has been said (auditory memory). Some children recognize words but can’t recall them for use in spoken sentences (word finding difficulties).

Stuttering.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas

 

Voice.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas

Social skills. 

Language impairment can affect a teenagers ability to understand (receptive language); to put spoken sentences together (expressive language); to develop vocabulary (word recognition and naming skills); and to recall what has been said (auditory memory). Some children recognize words but can’t recall them for use in spoken sentences (word finding difficulties).

Literacy.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas

 

Autism spectrum disorder.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas

Auditory processing. 

Language impairment can affect a teenagers ability to understand (receptive language); to put spoken sentences together (expressive language); to develop vocabulary (word recognition and naming skills); and to recall what has been said (auditory memory). Some children recognize words but can’t recall them for use in spoken sentences (word finding difficulties).

Literacy.

Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas