Speech and Language Therapy

Our experienced Speech and Language Therapists support children and young people from the ages of 2-18 who are experiencing communication differences or difficulties. Speech and Language Therapy support can be helpful if a child or young person:

  • Has difficulties using spoken words. This might be all the time, sometimes or in certain situations.
  • Can use spoken words but finds it difficult to communicate effectively at home or at school.
  • Is experiencing difficulties understanding language or with following instructions. Again this might be all the time, sometimes or in certain situations.
  • Shows frustration because they can’t find the words to express themselves.
  • Would like to connect with peers but is finding this hard.
  • Is struggling with self-advocacy, self-confidence or self-esteem.

Appointments can be arranged at our base at Autism Oxford, at home or in educational settings such as preschool, school or college.

Each child and young person’s communication profile is unique. Therefore our initial speech and language therapy involvement will be a thorough assessment of an individual’s communication needs and also their strengths.

If ongoing communication support is needed, the Speech and Language Therapist can work directly with individuals and their families or carers to provide tailored input. They will ensure individuals and their families understand their communication needs and how to maximise their communication strengths.

The team are skilled in providing advice and guidance to educational settings to ensure that the communication environment is appropriate for the individual. This collaboration is crucial to ensure that your child or young person’s needs are met and that they are supported to reach their full potential.

Occupational Therapy

Our skilled Occupational Therapists can support a range of needs for both children and adults. The overarching goal of Occupational Therapy is to maximise participation in activities someone wants or needs to do. We can work with individuals across a range of settings including at our clinic base at Autism Oxford, at home or in educational settings (preschools, schools, colleges).

Once they have completed an initial assessment some of the following may be recommended.

Sensory assessment (link to sensory assessment page) – completed by one of our Occupational Therapists who have undergone sensory integration training at a minimum of Sensory Integration Level 2. A full report is provided.

Dyspraxia assessment (link to dyspraxia assessment page) – our team use a range of standardised tools and their clinical expertise to assess yours or your young person’s motor skills. A full report and feedback session is provided.

Ongoing occupational therapy support tailored to individual need, including:

  • Development of daily living skills (bathing, toothbrushing, dressing, feeding, cooking etc.)
  • Sensory processing differences using a sensory integration approach
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting, grasping, cutting, utensil use)
  • Gross motor skills (jumping, running, climbing, ball skills, posture etc.)
  • Visual perceptual difficulties
  • Executive functioning including planning and organisation
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Focus and attention
  • Emotional regulation
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