Testimonials

“I contacted Lisa as my four and a half year old son was having problems with fluency and pronunciation. I was worried that this would affect him in primary school. From the initial assessment Lisa put myself and my son at ease with her relaxed and friendly approach.  The assessment and every appointment after was made to be fun for my son and he really looked forward to Lisa’s visits so that he could show her how hard he had been working on his “Lisa Homework”. Everything that he was doing was very well explained to me and we were given work to do between appointments with very clear goals set out. Lisa was so thorough in explaining what needed to be done that I did not need to call her in between appointments but I would have had no hesitation in calling if I needed to, as I felt that the extra support would be there. I am delighted with the progress my son has made with Lisa’s help”.
Deirdre, Kilkenny.

 

 

Testimonials

“Oddly enough, there are simply not enough words of praise or thanks for Lisa’s commitment to our son . It was pure luck that we found Lisa at a time when we were worried, frustrated & scared but I am forever grateful to her. Lisa is a firm believer in that speech therapy is not a one hour session a week but an opportunity for parents to also learn the tools to help their child succeed, giving us detailed home plans to work with. Lisa made the sessions fun and always knew instinctively when to push Fionn or when to take him at his own pace.

Her accessibility and patience when we had questions, her collaborative approach, and her overall positive and encouraging presence has helped make our child the successful and happy boy that he is today. “

Louise

“Having tried several speech therapists without much making progress to help with our twin boys we were given Lisa’s name by a family friend who recommended her. Straight away the boys responded to Lisa and began to make progress we had not seen previously once she had assessed them and identified what they needed to work on. Over the following years she brought them up to the level they needed to be at with programs tailored for each of them. She was instantly able to put them at ease and connect with them due to her open and friendly manner which was important. We have recommended her to friends and would do so again without hesitation”

Colm and Angela Moore, Slieverue

I contacted Lisa as my four and a half year old son was having problems with fluency and pronunciation. I was worried that this would affect him in primary school. From the initial assessment Lisa put myself and my son at ease with her relaxed and friendly approach.  The assessment and every appointment after was made to be fun for my son and he really looked forward to Lisa’s visits so that he could show her how hard he had been working on his “Lisa Homework”. Everything that he was doing was very well explained to me and we were given work to do between appointments with very clear goals set out. Lisa was so thorough in explaining what needed to be done that I did not need to call her in between appointments but I would have had no hesitation in calling if I needed to, as I felt that the extra support would be there. I am delighted with the progress my son has made with Lisa’s help”.
Deirdre, Kilkenny.

 

“Lisa was absolutely fantastic, not only in giving us hints, tips & lots of information on how to help both our children to communicate with us, but also in providing reassurance to us & helping us to help them. She had a lovely manner & both my kids responded so well to her. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Lisa.”
Emma F.

Toddler Talk!!!!

Toddler Talk is all about getting the measurements just right!!! Indirect Language Strategies are evidence based interventions for our toddlers and preschoolers. A well trained parent or caregiver is every bit as able to provide a language-rich environment for their child. So how do we do it?…

To start with, when you talk to a toddler or preschooler, we must pitch it just right. This means using words and/or sentences just a bit above their language level i.e. if your child is using 1 word sentences, you use 2 word sentences. For example; if your toddler says “car”, you can reply with something like “drive the car”, “red car”, “crash the car” etc. Always great to do this while carrying out the action!! So, you’re crashing the cars and saying “crash the car”!!! It’s fun, interactive, visual, and it’s all about play; while at the same time, we’re creating a language rich setting!

Ok…some of those sentences have 3 words, right???!!! An important note to make is that we should not drop all of the “small” words (and, a, an, the, to etc) that form a sentence and give it shape. Children have an innate and inbuilt ability to zone in on the words that carry all of the information, and when we drop those small words we’re providing poor models of language from a grammatical aspect. Recent research seems to agree that this is especially important for children who are struggling to develop their language skills. When we drop those small words we are using telegraphic speech (speech that is like, well, a telegraph), and it is not recommended! Research teaches us that although it is very important to keep language simple, we also need to be grammatically correct.

For example:

√ Single word sentence: car

√ A short 2 word sentences that is grammatically correct is big car / red car

However, push car is not grammatically correct, so we would say push the car. Similarly, we would say Mammy’s bag, not Mammy bag

In short, DO use short sentences BUT keep them grammatically correct!!!!!!