We attended sessions with Ashleigh at Canterbury SLT for about 15 weeks with our 4 year old son. Within 1 session Ashleigh had developed a rapport with him and by week 3 he looked forward to his sessions so much - he was very disappointed when we had break over Christmas!
— 08 March 2017
The knowledge Ashleigh has for language and providing S&L therapy was apparent right from the beginning. The assessment was thorough but not onerous and was incredibly helpful in giving us some guidance as to where our son was at, and what he could use some help with.
— 08 March 2017
I would highly recommend Ashleigh as a speech and language therapist. Her speech therapy sessions were very engaging and age appropriate. Ashleigh is a very professional and helpful therapist, who explained the purpose of the sessions, and what was expected from the outset. As a result of the sessions and homework, we had a very positive outcome, consequently, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs speech and language therapy.
—19 September 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy can be a life-changing treatment for someone with a communication difficulty. It is an evidence-based clinical programme in which you or your child is supported to improve and develop aspects of their communication to become more effective communicators.
Do I/does my child need speech therapy?
As an adult, it is up to you to decide to come to speech therapy if you feel you need it. You may find that people are having trouble understanding you, you are having trouble getting information across, or a health professional or someone close to you may have suggested it. For children, there are some great milestones that can be monitored to keep an eye on how your child’s speech is developing on “Mommy Speech” - http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?p=82 It is important to remember not to panic if your child does not appear to have reached the milestone that this says that should have, these are considered “typical” but all children are different. Give us a call if you are concerned about any of these. Difficulty communicating can lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration and withdrawal if not supported and treated early.
Do I need a referral?
We welcome referrals from the individual with a communication concern, the caregiver of a child with a communication difficulty, school/preschool teachers, GPs, audiologists, and other health professionals.
How long will I/my child need Speech Therapy for?
All clients present so differently, and the amount of therapy depends on the severity of the difficulty, the progress made in sessions, and the amount of time put in with home/school practice.
How often will I/my child need to attend Speech Therapy?
Most clients opt for two 30-minute treatment sessions per week. Some clients may choose to attend therapy at a higher or lower frequency than this, depending on the severity of their difficulty and also how much therapy they have already received.
I/my child gets anxious about going to unfamiliar places. How can this anxiety be eased?
We offer sessions in the comfort of your own home, or in your child’s school/preschool. Contact us now to book a home or school appointment.
What is expected of the clinician and what is expected of the client when it comes to speech therapy?
The clinician is there to assess the communication difficulty, and then support you and provide you with the resources, skills and knowledge to communicate more effectively and with confidence. The client and caregiver are expected to complete all home practice tasks assigned to them. Think of it as being similar to going to your doctor – the doctor can tell you what medication to take, but then it is up to you to take it to get better. With speech therapy, we can only achieve so much within sessions, and results are greatly improved when the treatment tasks are completed outside of sessions too.
How can I pay for your services?
Please contact us for our fee structure. We apologise but we currently do not accept payment through insurance claims, ACC claims, or credit cards.