Speech and Language Therapy 

  Young Children & Families   

 
Are you concerned about your child's communication development?  
 
Would you like to feel confident that you're doing everything you can to help? 
 
After five to ten therapy sessions… 
 
40 out of 45 parents (89%) 
reported an improvement in their child’s ability to communicate successfully. 
 
44 out of 45 parents (98%) 
reported feeling more confident in being able to help their child’s communication development. 
36 out of 45 parents (80%) 
reported an improvement in their child’s emotional wellbeing (e.g. less frustrated). 
 
40 out of 45 parents (89%) 
reported an improvement in their own emotional wellbeing (e.g. less worried). 
 
From parents' responses on a rating scale before and after therapy. 

Three-Step Service   

 
Natalie offers a three-step service designed around the  
individual needs and priorities of your child and family. 
 

Step 1: 

Initial Phone Consultation 
There is no obligation to proceed to Step 2. 

Step 2: 

Assessment 
There is no obligation to proceed to Step 3. 

Step 3: 

Therapy 

Step 1: Initial Phone Consultation 

Natalie offers a no obligation phone consultation to discuss... 
 
your concerns. 
 
what you feel would be helpful. 
 
the services offered and whether they can meet your child's and family's needs. 

Step 2: Assessment 

Natalie carries out an assessment of each child's unique communication 
strengths and needs that usually... 
takes place in your child’s home and sometimes also in another familiar setting (e.g. nursery, pre-school, school). 
 
involves play-based activities. 
 
involves discussion with you and other professionals who work with your child. 
 
includes a report and recommendations. 

Step 3: Therapy 

If therapy is required it... 
 
usually takes place in your child’s home initially. 
 
involves discussion with you and play-based activities with your child. 
 
involves you practising with your child between therapy sessions, during play and everyday activities. 
 
may include a therapy plan, goals and resources. 
 
may involve support and guidance by phone call or email between appointments. 
 
may involve sharing information with other professionals involved with your child, to ensure a consistent approach. 

Therapy Packages 

Therapy packages are tailored to each child's individual needs. Some examples are: 

Advice and Follow-up 

One-off appointment or meeting plus follow-up phone call 4 to 6 weeks later 
 

Regular Monitoring 

Appointments or meetings every few months 
 
 
 
 

Intensive Monitoring 

Monthly appointments or meetings 
 
 
 
 

Regular Therapy 

Fortnightly appointments 
 
 
 
 
 

Intensive Therapy 

Block of weekly appointments plus follow-up appointment 4 to 6 weeks later 

Online Speech and Language Therapy 

As well as in-person services, Natalie offers online services using the video conferencing platform Zoom. The same high quality services can be provided online as in person - assessment, therapy, meetings and training. 
 
For very young children and those who find it difficult to interact online, assessment and therapy activities are carried out through parents. 
 
Natalie offers a no obligation initial consultation and technology trial to determine whether online speech and language therapy is suitable for your child and family. 

What Parents Say 

"I was a little nervous choosing a speech and language therapist, but I spoke to Natalie on the phone and she put me at ease straight away. Our little boy (who was quite timid) took to Natalie straight away as she was calm and caring from the start. Her guidance throughout the therapy was fantastic and after a relatively short time our son has improved so much, from hardly saying anything to now being a bit of a chatterbox. His confidence has exploded and he is now beginning to tell me everything he sees, does and experiences. The video playback (seeing yourself and your child playing together) was particularly helpful as it really homes in on the techniques. I can't say it was easy, as it was a challenge some days trying to fit in the five-minute one-to-one play sessions, but it was all worth it. To all parents thinking about it, all I can say is that it's not just the sessions with Natalie, it changes the way parents communicate too and fundamentally changes how we all communicate with each other as a family. I would highly recommend Natalie; she is fantastic and hopefully the results speak for themselves - they certainly did with us." 
Parent of a 2 year 9 month old boy: intensive therapy package 
"You were excellent in supporting our son with his speech and language difficulties, or I should say supporting us and other care givers to help understand his needs in a thought-through way. The changes we made increased his confidence in communicating with us and our confidence in understanding him. He is currently doing so well with his speech and I think the work we did with you acted as a foundation for this progression. You really considered him as an individual and didn't rush to come to conclusions on where he was, you took the time to get to know him, to really have a good picture of what was happening for him. This meant that we were all better placed to help him where necessary. A massive thank you for being very good at your job!" 
Parents of a 3 year 9 month old boy with a history of conductive hearing loss: intensive therapy package 
"Other than a few words, our son was unable to talk at the age of three when we met Natalie. He is now very communicative and ready to go to school in September! After each session we have seen improvement! The five minute practice sessions were very powerful and rewarding. Thank you! Our son has enjoyed the sessions and talks about you. If we need help in the future we will contact you and also recommend you to others." 
Parents of a 3 year 11 month old boy: intensive therapy package 
"Natalie’s guidance and support has been invaluable to our family. We have a 2 year old little boy who is autistic with sensory processing differences and he is currently pre-verbal with limited understanding. We made contact with Natalie as we were desperate to build a stronger relationship with our son and to support his need to communicate more effectively. We particularly loved that Natalie has experience with autistic children and was able to use that insight in her communication techniques. We have now been working with Natalie for the past 6 months and we have seen such a huge difference in our son's ability to use intentional communication with us, and he enjoys interacting with us so much more now. He is much calmer and happier now. Natalie is warm, calm, patient and friendly, and our son has always been comfortable with her in the room. Our sessions with Natalie have been so beneficial to our son and us as parents. We are so much more confident in communicating with him now and are hopeful for the future that his abilities to use intentional communication will continue to progress over time. We would recommend Natalie to any family needing communication support." 
Parents of a 2 year 8 month old boy: intensive therapy package and updates 
"Wow, Natalie has been a god-send for us as we were at a loss with our little one and we found it difficult to make the right decision for our daughter. Natalie totally understands our daughter’s needs, setting out a plan of action and helping us move in the right direction. We have learned so much as parents in order to assist our daughter’s progress, and she continues to make progress in leaps and bounds. Natalie is highly professional, highly skilled in her work, and friendly. We would 110% recommend Natalie, no doubts whatsoever! A big thank you Natalie from the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough! We all look forward to seeing you again!" 
Parents of a 3 year 9 month old girl: intensive therapy package 
"Natalie has been with our family for nearly four years and I honestly cannot thank her enough for the difference she has made in our lives. Our daughter has progressed at every stage with her speech and language, due to the professional approach and loving manner in which Natalie communicated with us as parents, and with my daughter. Through the tough times, Natalie was a phone call away with advice and new techniques to try. She made the appointments fun for our daughter, and our daughter looked forward to her visits and was asking when the next one was. I can whole-heartedly say that our little girl would not be communicating as effectively or as confidently if it wasn’t for the support and guidance from Natalie. We are so grateful and are sad that our daughter has reached the age where we have to transfer to another therapist. A huge thank you for all of your guidance and for genuinely caring about our family and believing in our daughter. It was lovely to have someone who took such pride in every success of our daughter's. I felt Natalie was so invested in our daughter's progression." 
Parent of a 6 year 5 month old girl: intensive therapy package and updates 
"Our daughter has come such a long way with therapy from Natalie. She has gone from not being able to put two words together to being so chatty I can't stop her. Putting sentences together with more confidence and correctly! I've learnt how it is so important to have quiet play time to let her think in a calm space and look to me when she needs help, thereby offering the necessary word or words she may need. We've both enjoyed the sessions very much too as they are always fun. Thank you Natalie, we are so grateful for all you've done to progress our daughter to being a confident little talker to take her through starting school. Natalie is very professional yet at the same time calming and friendly, and the sessions are very relaxed. Our daughter very much enjoyed the sessions." 
Parent of a 4 year 3 month old girl: intensive therapy package and updates 
"Natalie was incredibly helpful, very good with my son and gave very helpful tips and thorough follow up. She gave great advice on what I could do to help my son with his speech. He is speaking so much more now. He used to stick to safe topics but now he speaks about most things and constantly asks questions." 
Parent of a 3 year 7 month old boy: advice and follow-up package 
"Thank you Natalie. I'm so relieved our son appears to be settling into school. Your input and co-ordinating has been invaluable and I don't know how we would have equipped him or got through this transition without you." 
Parent of a 4 year 11 month old boy: intensive therapy package and school transition support 
"From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU - for all that you have done for our little family. You have changed our lives and we will always be so grateful." 
Parent of a 6 year old boy: intensive therapy package and updates 
"Natalie carried out a very detailed assessment and thorough report for us. We are very grateful for her help with setting specific targets and showing us how to achieve them. Clear targets and strategies were set weekly. I really admire Natalie's patience and am very grateful for all the extra time she put in working with our family. We highly recommend Natalie and are looking forward to working with her again!" 
Parent of a 2 year 8 month old boy with a history of conductive hearing loss: intensive therapy package 
"I just wanted to send you this video to show how our son's speech has improved. It's been a year since we started therapy with you and what a difference a year makes! Thank you very much for all your help. We are very grateful for what you've done to improve his speech." 
Parent of a 3 year 7 month old boy (same boy as above) 
"I just wanted to thank you for the brilliant therapy session today, I learnt loads! I'm so happy we found you, I feel like we will be able to make real progress for our daughter with your expert help. Thank you again." 
Parent of a 3 year 10 month old girl: intensive therapy package 
"Natalie is great at assessing speech problems. She is very professional and knowledgeable, always on time and reliable. Her explanations about the speech troubles and also her specific advice on how to improve, have been particularly helpful. Excellent professional services.” 
Parent of a 3 year 11 month old boy: regular monitoring package 
"We really appreciate the help you have given us and feel it's set a great foundation for our daughter to continue developing from. We're really pleased to have found you and will be in touch in the future if we feel some extra support would benefit her. Thank you so much for your help!" 
Parents of a 2 year 10 month old girl: intensive therapy package 
"Before the visits I was at a complete loss with how to help my daughter with her speech and language development. After the assessment I felt so much more positive. My daughter instantly took to you and was even laughing playing games when she first met you. Her confidence grew each week. We had five therapy sessions and the difference in my daughter at the end was massive. Her eye-contact has become very strong and is still growing, and she is becoming so much more vocal. She is coming out with different sounds all the time and some of them are starting to sound like words. Each visit was so positive and at the end you left us with new things to do that we both enjoyed. I always felt confident at the end of each session that I could implement the techniques. I could use them so easily throughout the day. We were more than happy with the whole experience - you were friendly, approachable, kind and very helpful. I can’t thank you enough for making such a difference to my daughter’s development and my confidence in how to help. I believe that your visits have made a big difference to my daughter’s confidence with strangers too, as she is now confident and stays calm when people are in our home." 
Parent of a 2 year 11 month old girl: intensive therapy package 
"Thank you for our lovely last session, words really cannot express what you have done for our family and how you have opened up my son’s world of communication and enabled him to live as much of a stress- and anxious-free life as possible. I cannot believe the change in both of us over the past year. This summer holiday has just been the best, and I desperately don’t want him to go back to school now as I’m loving spending every day with him, which is such a turn around compared to last year when we both struggled as he was unable to communicate and I didn’t understand what he wanted or what he was trying to get across, and he was very anxious and upset a lot of the time, so thank you again from the bottom of my heart, it’s been a real joy and pleasure welcoming you into our lives and working with you." 
Parent of a 4 year 4 month old boy: intensive therapy package 
"Thank you for coming into our lives and making such and amazing and positive difference. You have opened up my son’s world of communication and understanding, and allowed him to have a voice, not only verbally but also through pictures. You have taught him how to navigate the world around him and given us the tools and advice to alleviate anxiety. You have opened up his world and imagination to toys and play, and accepting others around him and joining in with his play, providing him with the play skills to start school with. Words will never express enough how grateful we are to you." 
Parent of a 4 year 5 month old boy (same boy as above) 
Book a 20-minute no obligation telephone consultation with Natalie today. 
 
Call 07454 868455, email natalie@freemeservices.com or use the contact form below. 
 
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