Whatever brings you to Speech therapy or Feeding therapy, I will tailor your treatment plan to support your child & your family's needs. With over 23 years experience I am dedicated to working with babies and children's speech, language & feeding difficulties. I can come to your home, school or nursery and I also offer ongoing Skype, email and text support.
Your child may benefit from Speech & Language Therapy if you
notice any of the following difficulties:
late to start talking
difficulty concentrating and listening
not understanding what is said to them (e.g. following instructions)
not linking words to form sentences
not playing with or interacting socially with others
Your baby/child may benefit from Feeding/Dysphagia Therapy
if there are any of the following problems:
splattering, gagging/retching or coughing during breast or bottle feeding
not drinking/weaning from bottle to cup
refuse to feed or eat
losing weight despite feeding "constantly" through day and night
struggling to wean to solids
gagging on lumpy solids
drooling and losing foods and drinks from their mouth
no chewing and coughing on solids
frequent unexplained chest infections
If you think your child may benefit from our support, please call or email Sonja for a free consultation to discuss your concerns.
Most initial assessments typically take 1.5-2 hours. On completion I will be able to discuss therapy options/recommendations with you. After that, if you decide to start a therapy programme, I will design an individualised course of therapy, specifically tailored to your child's needs.
Speech, Language and Social Communication Assessment
I always start with an in-depth assessment of your child's development and medical history, including physical and cognitive areas. Assessment approaches will vary depending on your child's age and the nature of the problem. I use standardised assessments like (ADOS or PLS-5) together with more informal evaluation/observation and play techniques. Consultations will be in your home or in your child's educational setting. Where appropriate, I would like to liaise with and view other professional's reports (educational psychologists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, dieticians and nutritionists, audiologists etc) so that I can get a full picture of your child's needs.
A full case and medical history is taken and your child will be observed during a meal time. Please make foods and drinks available or be prepared to breastfeed during the assessment.
Intervention activities designed for speech and language development usually comprise of a variety of games, stories, art and crafts activities, as well as music and exercises, all designed to make learning and communicating fun and enjoyable for your child. I incorporate all my skills and specialised training into every therapy session and draw on my extensive knowledge and experience.
For very young children therapy often takes the form of 'parent and child interaction' support; I support and guide parents to help your child and enhance communication between you and your child during normal, daily activities.
Your role in therapy sessions is just as important as your child's. Together we will explore what works for your child and what he or she enjoys doing. I will demonstrate techniques that you can use and help you embed these strategies into your child's daily routine. Where possible, I try to not make extra activities for you during the day knowing how hectic life mostly is already!
The number of sessions each child needs varies depending on the severity and nature of the problem, as well as the age of your child and all emotional, physical and social aspects involved. Intervention for feeding/swallowing related difficulties can sometimes be resolved quite quickly and might need only a small number of therapy sessions, perhaps followed by a regular review. I typically recommend weekly therapy for a term (8-12 weeks) after which we can review progress made.
Therapy sessions last approximately 50 minutes and are usually carried out once a week, either in your home or in your child's
“When my son was first diagnosed with autism my world fell apart and I did not know who to turn to for help. Sonja [McGeachie, practice owner] was a big help in my journey of coming to terms with the diagnosis and she taught me step by step how to help Ben interact with us. Ben is now saying a few words... He has less temper tantrums when we use the strategies Sonja gave us.
Sonja goes the extra mile, she is great at supporting us directly in the sessions but is also generous with advice if we need it in between the sessions, she always responds even when she is on holiday which is amazing. I highly recommend Sonja to anyone who needs help with speech and language therapy.”
Cynthia, mother of Ben (2.7 years)