At almost four years old Matthew was reluctant to speak and when he did, would only say one word responses.
With less than three months speech therapy he is starting to form full sentences and will actively try to engage people in conversation. For the first time he has started to interact with other children at preschool and his understanding of what is being said to him has improved enormously.
He looks forward to his sessions and both his and our lives have been transformed by the progress that has been made.
I first became acquainted with ISLTS when I required a speech therapist’s professional opinion whether or not my toddler’s speech development was on par with his age.
Not only was the therapist able to immediately establish a rapport with him, but her concluding report was so thorough, so intelligible, that when it was read by my GP she complimented the therapist’s report three times, saying how much it had helped her. This indicates to me that my GP (and probably other doctors) are not used to reports of such a high standard of professionalism.
As the parents of a 6 year old special needs boy with severe speech delay, I am writing to thank you most very sincerely for the wonderful service, help and support you have given to our son, Sam, and obviously also, to us.
In just 8 short months with you, we have seen HUGE improvement in his speech – which off course is vital to unlocking other areas of his very delayed development.
To have a therapist, like yourself, going regularly in to the school – a place that Sam knows and respects is a place of learning, to have small one to one groups with a fellow pupil or two has been absolutely vital to his progress. Your regular commitment has given him respect for you and the confidence to improve on his speech.
We hope, not only for Sam’s sake but for ALL children with speech delay – that you will be able to continue this wonderful service. I only wish you really know just how much it is deeply appreciated by parents like ourselves who are struggling to do the best for their child.
Thank you so much again.
…during this time the changes in her are truly remarkable. She is able to speak in sentences rather than single word utterances, her memory skills are improved and she can often recount what she has done at school or had for lunch. Her speech is clearer; she is a different girl. We are beginning to think the sky is the limit as far as the improvements she has made to date.
The therapists are very quick to understand your child’s needs and are constantly reviewing and changing therapies to obtain your child’s best potential. I feel our relationship is a true cooperation of minds where your child’s best interest is their only focus.
My confidence in coping with my daughter’s needs has improved and I feel supported and listened to. ISLTS has proved to me they are a robust, professional and caring organisation and I am truly grateful for all they have done for my daughter and us as a family.
The little boy they first saw was unhappy and angry and, because of his language difficulties was starting to disappear into his own, lonely world. A year later Tom is one of the characters of his school and is a happy and engaging little boy.
We have a long way to go with Tom but we will be making the journey with Cathy and the ISLTS team with confidence and a lot of hope.
I am delighted with the service my son is receiving!
Finally he is getting a service that meets his INDIVIDUAL needs. Not only is HE improving but WE as a family are learning exactly what it is we need to do to develop his speech and communication skills further at home!!
Since attending speech therapy, our son has blossomed.
The delight on his face as he learns new skills and his excitement as he realises what he can achieve is wonderful to see.
It has been a real journey of discovery for the whole family and we can finally look forward and see a way ahead for him.