Speech and Language Therapy
Children at The Talk Shop present with a variety of Speech and Language difficulties, including developmental delays, dyspraxia and motor planning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and various syndromes.
The Talk Shop offers an intensive approach to therapy with children receiving a minimum of two individual and two group sessions per week.
Group sessions vary dependent on the child’s grade, but include Social Skills, Literacy and Oral-Motor groups. Whilst individual therapy mainly includes pull-out sessions, group therapy sessions occur in the classroom with the teacher and teaching assistant available to offer extra support to the children if required.
The child is taken out of the class environment for individual therapy and because of the small class sizes, anything of importance that is missed is made up by the teacher/classroom assistant on the child’s return.
We strongly encourage parents to watch therapy sessions to enable carry-over into the home environment.
The Talk Shop has its own in-house physiotherapists who are available to see the children during the school mornings. They are both NDT-trained and have a lot of experience working with children with speech and language difficulties.
Physiotherapy is an important part of the early intervention therapy toolbox. Our NDT-trained Physiotherapists work with children who have low tone, weak core muscles, poor postural control and difficulty with gross motor skills.
In addition to this, we offer a Physiotherapy group every second week to all the children at the school, regardless of whether they require individual Physiotherapy sessions or not. This exposes them to age appropriate gross motor tasks and activities and builds their confidence on outdoor equipment.
Many children with Speech and Language difficulties also present with difficulties requiring Occupational Therapy. These include: sensory integration difficulties, poor visual perceptual and visual-motor integration skills and difficulty with fine motor tasks and activities.
The Talk Shop has its own Occupational Therapy practice run by qualified OTs specialising in Sensory Integration (SI) and DIR Floortime. Children referred for Individual OT sessions will be seen either once or twice a week, dependent on their specific requirements.
Each class also has an OT group every second week and this focuses on fine motor activities, sensory integration and age appropriate visual perceptual skills.
Please note that Group therapy is included in the school fees but that all Individual therapy is billed over-and-above school fees and is invoiced separately so that parents can claim from medical aid.
One group OT session is offered to each class per week and will incorporate fine motor activities, sensory integration and basic gross motor skills. These groups are included in your school fees.
Children requiring specialised schooling and intensive therapy may also present with anxiety and have difficulty coping with the demands placed on them. Play Therapy is an incredible tool to assist children in developing coping more appropriate skills and strategies to manage their behaviour and anxiety in different situations.
Our Psychologist is also available to do all the Psycho-Educational Assessments on the Grade R children to assist with school placements for the following year. Having those detailed and demanding assessments performed by a familiar person in a familiar environment assists the children in reaching their full potential on the tests.