Speech & Language Therapy

Welcome to Speech and Language Therapy at Sensational Kids

 

Are you concerned about your child’s speech, or ability to communicate, their use and understanding of words or how they pronounce their sounds? Our speech and language milestones information chart  below will help you determine if your child needs intervention.

Speech & Language Milestones Chart

 

By Age

Speech and Language Skill Milestone Refer if

1 year

 

Your child should be using gestures, pointing, understand cause and effect, imitate sounds, be saying their first words, and be communicating with intent

 

Your child doesn’t cry, babble or pay attention to other voices

2 years

 

By 24 months your child should have 50 single words combined in dfiferent ways. By age two and half to three years they should be able to follow simple commands.

 

Your child can’t put some words together in a speech

3 years

 

By 36 months your child should be able to follow two requests such as “Do x and then y” They should be able to respond from another room and their speech should be able to be understood by others

 

Your child’s speech is difficult for those outside the family to understand or if they are not combining words

4 years

 

By 4 years your child should be able to communicate their needs and wants and be able to answer “WH” questions such as What and When

 

Your child doesn’t have a growing vocabulary, speak in sentences, and make most sounds – or a child points to things instead of talking. If they cannot answer WH questions

5 years

By 5 years your child should be able to pay attention to a short story and carry on a simple conversation  

Your child can’t carry on a simple conversation, stammers, sounds much different from playmates, is reluctant to talk, is very self-conscious when speaking and becomes defensive, nervous, or withdrawn when speaking

 

 

If you are concerned about your child’s speech production, please keep in mind that the majority of sounds a three year old makes should be normal. Although she/he may use all sounds correctly, she/he should be intelligible to strangers.

Acceptable ages of Speech Sound Development for children

Age

Consonants

3 years – 3 years 11 months

m, n, p, h, w, b, t, d, k, g, f

4 years

Sh, S

5 years

s, z, l, v, CH, TH, Q

6 years

R

 

Speech Therapy at Sensational Kids

 

Sensational Kids paediatric speech and language therapy services in Kildare, Cork and Mayo are open to children and adolescents of all ages and all abilities, including those with additional needs. We specifically work with children who are non-verbal, and who may have developmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorders or down syndrome.

Through Speech and language assessment and therapeutic intervention for children  we work on language stimulation as well as the production of speech.

Each child’s selected goals will be achieved using evidence-based practice. Alternative and augmentative communication tools, such as computers, pictures boards or the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) may be used to facilitate functional communication skills.

Sensational Kids Speech and language therapy sessions are performed individually and plans focus on improving the following skill areas:

• Receptive Language
• Expressive Language
• Pragmatic or Social Skills
• Articulation
• Oral Motor Skills
• Fluency
• Voice

Sensational Kids Speech & Language Therapy Locations: Cork, Kildare & Mayo

 

  • Kildare:  Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Melitta Road, Kildare Town, R51 R281 Phone 045 520900. Monday – Saturday
  • West Cork: 2nd Floor, Building G, West Cork Technology Park Clonakilty, West Cork, P85 VF62 Phone 023 887 8208 Tuesday to Saturday
  • Mayo: 24 Lakeside Retail Park, Claremorris, Co Mayo Phone 094 9357005 Email: Claremorris@sensationalkids.ie Tuesday to Saturday

Why Choose Sensational Kids

 

  • High Skilled Multi Disciplinary Team – Sensational Kids offers a multi disciplinary team of highly skilled therapists who are supported with continuous professional development and clinical supervision. Our team work together as a team to support your child
  • Not For Profit – Sensational Kids is a registered charity founded by parents to help make services affordable and accessible for families. Our services are subsidised by donations and fundraising.
  • Family Friendly Hours  – Appointments are available on weekdays and on Saturdays
  • Unique and Innovative Facilities – Sensational Kids provides custom built child development & learning centres in Kildare, Cork & Mayo,  designed to  make therapy enjoyable for your child
  • Sensory Integration Gym – Our facilities include a sensory integration gym with swings, a ball pool and climbing equipment. In addition our  therapists  have undertaken additional professional training courses in sensory processing disorders.
  • Sensory Room – Sensational Kids facilities also include Sensory room which includes uv lighting, a projector, an interactive bubble tube and weighted blankets
  • Privacy – Our Speech Therapists each have their own consultation rooms equipped with lots of exciting games and toys to make therapy fun for your child
  • Accessibility – Sensational Kids operates an Open Referral system which means that parents/guardians can book appointments at Sensational Kids without the need for a GP Referral
  • Child Development & Learning Store – Onsite access to the resources you need to help your child develop their skills at Ireland’s only Child Development and Learning Store that is run as a social enterprise
  • Ethos – Sensational Kids is a non-profit set up  by parents of children with additional needs as a charitable organisation to provide affordable and timely intervention services for children of all abilities

 

Specialist Speech & Language Therapy For Children With Hearing Loss at Sensational Kids

Auditory Verbal Therapy

Elaine Baldwin, Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids has undertaken specialist training to provide speech & language therapy for children with hearing loss using the techniques of Auditory Verbal Therapy.

This specialist service is available with Speech & Language Therapist Elaine Baldwin at our facilities in Cork and Kildare by appointment

 

How much does Speech & Language Therapy Cost at Sensational Kids?

Sensational Kids is a non-profit organisation set up by parents to provide timely and affordable child development services for children of all ages and abilities. Speech & Language Therapy Services at Sensational Kids are subsidised by fundraising and donations as well as proceeds from our child development and learning store and our professional development training workshops.

Our speech and language therapy intervention sessions are subsidised by €45 per session from €120 to €75 per session.

 

• Speech & Language Therapy Sessions (approx 45 minutes) €75
• Speech & Language Therapy Assessment with full written report €330

 

  • Outreach & School Visits are charged at €75 per hour of the therapist’s time plus mileage at 39c per km.
  • We do NOT charge additional fees for short letters or phone calls once you are attending our service. Any additional reports that require a substantial amount of the therapist’s time will be billed at €75 per hour.
  • Joint Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy sessions are available on request
  • Prices for talks, presentations and training are available on request

For Service Locations & Price List Click Here

Payment Policy

Full payment is required for each session before the appointment commences.
We are happy to accept credit/debit cards or cash as  methods of payment

 

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment 72 hours notice is required to be given so that this appointment can be re-allocated.

 

Learn About The Speech & Language Therapy Team at Sensational Kids

To learn more about our team click here

 

Book Speech & Language Therapy By Phoning:

 

Kildare: Phone 045 520900

Cork:  Phone 023 887 8208

Mayo: Phone 094 9357005

We follow recommended best practice and so your first appointment with Sensational Kids will be a meeting between the Speech & Language Therapist and parents/guardians. During this parent consultation appointment, parents can discuss their concerns about their child frankly with the therapist without negatively  impacting on the child”s self-esteem. It also gives the therapist the opportunity to go through the developmental history to obtain a thorough understanding of the difficulties your child is experiencing. Together the therapist and parents can agree a family centred plan and therapy goals specifically for your child.