What does a Speech and Language Therapist do?
Geraldine works with children who present with communication challenges.
She assesses, diagnoses and manages their communication problems.
She works closely with parents to enhance the child’s ability to communicate and achieve their optimum level of communication to improve their quality of life.
Who is seen?
Geraldine sees children with
Speech sound delay/disorder
Motor speech disorders e.g. dyspraxia
Literacy/dyslexia and associated language difficulties
Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
What happens on the first appointment?
She takes a case history and get to know your child’s unique story to date. She assesses your child’s speech, language and social communication skills. Parents stay in the room and ask what ever questions they wish. After the assessment she writes up a report which is sent out within two weeks. Therapy appointments may be weekly, forthrightly or monthly depending on what suits best. Parents are given simple activities to do with their child to reinforce therapy aims at home.
How do I make a referral?
There is an open referral policy which means Geraldine accepts referrals from anyone, for example, parents, GP, psychologist, Psychiatrist, audiologist. You are welcome to phone her or email her with your query.
What does Speech and Language mean?
Speech is what we say. We articulate the sounds, using our voice and speak fluently.
Language means exchanging our thoughts, ideas or emotions in order to express and receive information. Language may be expressed through spoken words, writing, signing or gestures. Receptive language is what we understand and expressive language is what we say. Language involves sounds, (phonology), words, (morphology), meanings, (semantics), sentences, (syntax), and the social context, (pragmatics).
How long is the waiting list?
She offers prompt appointments.
Can I claim tax back on speech and language therapy?
Yes, you can claim tax back at the lowest tax band rate. Geraldine provides you with a printed receipt which you use to apply for tax back through the MED 1 form. The MED 1 form is available from your local tax office.
Is speech and language therapy covered by health insurance?
Yes, it is covered by all major health insurance companies. You will be able to claim a certain percentage of the assessment and therapy costs, depending on your level of cover. Check with your insurance provider to determine your entitlements as it varies between different companies. You can let them know that she is registered with the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT). www.iaslt.ie, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, (RCSLT), www.rcslt.org/ and the Independent Speech – language Therapists of Ireland. http://www.isti.ie/