West London
Speech and Language Therapy

Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

Preschool
  • Play-based assessment
    and therapy for children
    aged 0 – 5 years
  • Partnership with nurseries

Family-centred. Practical. Fun.

Children
  • Assessment and therapy sessions for school-aged children
  • Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessments

Child-centred. Holistic. Functional.

Young People
  • Assessment and therapy sessions for young people up to 25 years

Friendships.
Self-advocacy. Employability.

Dedicated support for children and young people to reach their speech,
language and communication potential

We are a team of passionate speech and language therapists who provide assessment and bespoke therapy sessions to meet individual needs. We offer professional but personal services where you and your child are at the centre of the process.

We work alongside parents/carers and teachers to support children and young people to develop their communication. We use fun and motivating activities to help children make changes to their communication. We aim to help them with friendships, learning and independence.

We promote language and communication development through:

  • Developmental check-ups for children aged 0-2.5 years with advice
  • Training workshops for parents/carers, health and education professionals

    We support a wide range of speech, language and communication needs including:

    • Language difficulties
    • Developmental language disorder (DLD)
    • Speech sound difficulties
    • Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
    • Stammering
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders and social communication difficulties
    • Speech, language and communication needs which are secondary to another diagnosis/need
    • Complex communication needs that require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems

    How we work

    Step 1:

    Contact us for a free
    phone consultation

    Step 2:

    Assessment. Undertaken together
    with family and those closely involved

    Step 3:

    Delivering
    Therapy

    Our Services and Fees

    West London Speech and Language Therapy provides a range of services to meet you and your child’s specific needs.
    Please call for further information and/or support in selecting the most appropriate service for you and your child.

    Initial Consultation and Assessment

    This comprehensive evaluation of speech, language and communication needs comprises of

    • an in-depth consultation with you and your child/young person, gaining case history information and any other relevant details
    • detailed assessment using both formal and informal methods by a Speech and Language Therapist
    • verbal feedback on results of the assessment
    • brief written recommendations

    Details
    Duration: Up to 2 hours
    Fee: £165 – £275
    Detailed Report: £100
    Speech Sound Report: £60

    Additional hours spent are charged at £80 and will always be discussed and agreed with the parent/carer in advance.

    ‘Talk on Track’, Developmental Language Screen

    This is a short screening assessment for children aged 0 – 2;06 years at our clinic. This short assessment is useful if you wish to determine if your child’s language and communication skills are on track for age.

    Details
    Duration: 30 minutes, plus brief written advice if required

    Fee: £85

    Therapy Sessions

    Therapy sessions will be tailored to meet your child’s speech, language and communication needs. Each therapy session will involve a speech and language therapist working with you and your child to maximise their skills. After the assessment, the therapist will agree some targets with you and therapy sessions will work towards these targets at a pace that is right for your child. Practical activities to support at home will be provided.

    For young people, sessions will be tailored to their individual needs and will be structured in collaboration with them. A focus will be supporting communication skills for the transition to adulthood.

    Details

    Duration: 45 minutes
    Fee: £82 per session, £480 block of 6 sessions paid in advance
    Duration: 30 minutes (speech sounds only)
    Fee: £65 per session, £375 block of 6 sessions paid in advance

    Some sessions may be offered at the child’s education setting and incur a preparation and travel charge.

    Travel: (based on using public transport)

    • Within 10 mins: £5
    • 11 – 20 mins: £20
    • 21 – 30 mins: £25
    • More than 30 mins: £30
    Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

    Assessment and report to inform Education, Health and Care Plan £600

    This accounts for a full day’s work. Any additional time required for liaison, reading of documentation, or additional assessment will be charged at £80 per hour.

    EHCP provision £95
    This is an hourly rate that applies to all direct and indirect work.

    Observations/Meetings/Programmes

    Nursery/School Observation Visits
    Nursery/School visits are only made with parental agreement. Often visits to education settings are a very useful way of supporting your child’s development. It provides opportunities to observe your child’s skills in that environment as well as information on social interaction and access to the curriculum. Education staff gain from developing an understanding of your child’s needs from the perspective of a speech and language therapist, thus enabling them to maximise communication opportunities in the setting.

    Details
    Duration: Up to an hour
    Fee: £40 per 30 min, plus travel

    Attendance at Case Conferences, Multi-Disciplinary Meetings
    The speech and language therapist will be able to contribute to case conferences and other meetings relating to your child’s needs in person and/or by providing a report. Advance notice of at least two weeks is required.

    Details
    Duration: Up to an hour
    Fee: £40 per 30 min, plus travel

    Home/School Programme
    This is a tailored therapy pack including activities and relevant resources designed to develop your child’s communication skills. This pack will be developed in collaboration with your child’s education setting.

    The programme is delivered by parent/carer/school staff and your child’s progress will be reviewed at an agreed time.

    Details
    Duration: As required
    Fee: £80 per hour

    Training

    Talks, workshops and training sessions for groups of parents and professionals can be arranged. Additional charges at the standard rate will be made for time taken in preparation and the provision of handouts etc.

    Details
    Fee: £100 per hour

    Testimonials

    WLSLT has been working with our son since he was 18 months old. Our son has benefitted enormously from the support received as part of his therapy sessions not only in his communication but as part of his global development as well. Our son, who has complex medical needs has moved from a child who was completely non-verbal and unable to express himself, to communicating with Makaton and finally verbally. It is clear from every session just how much thought and effort has gone into planning and really driving progress. We have found the therapist’s experience, skill and dedication invaluable throughout our son’s journey and she has shown remarkable commitment to developing his ability to communicate. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend WLSLT for any family.

    Parent of child seen at clinic and via Zoom at home

    My son has received speech and language therapy from WLSLT for the past six years. The therapist has been an amazing source of support and guidance as we have worked together to help our son. She has a very gentle, fun and relaxed manner which has helped her develop a lovely relationship with our child and helped him to understand his disfluency. We have always felt we were working with a highly qualified speech therapist who takes the time to understand each child and find appropriate guidance and activities for them. We would highly recommend WLSLT.

    Parent of child seen at clinic and via Zoom at home

    We have used the services of West London Speech and Language Therapy since Nov 2017 when my son was 6 years old. We started as a recommendation from another local therapist and continue to use them working along with the school. We base the lessons on the school curriculum and they include some fun games at the end of the lesson which also help improve my son’s grasp of English at the same time.

    We have had in person lessons and virtual remote lessons and a report on what was covered each week is then fed back to the SENCo and the teachers at the school.

    I can recommend thoroughly.

    John – parent of child seen in an education setting 

    WLSLT started working with us in 2019. I say ‘us’ as this was the first time in our long experience of speech therapy that I really felt as a parent I was fully invited to learn and share as much as my son. This has been key in his progress as I have become more aware and able to facilitate him by applying strategies.

    Our therapist is so well versed in her practice that she can fully respond to the specific needs of my son in each session depending on his needs on that day. His concentration, health and focus fluctuates greatly and the therapist has responded to this in a way that no session has felt wasted – in the past I found he was not on his best form and the sessions weren’t always justified but with WLSLT there has always been an opportunity created for my son to feel motivated and comfortable enough to try.

    I also feel very lucky we have found a therapist who fully understands the challenge of transition into adulthood and embraces that as an integral focus in the session so that the outcomes are practical and tangible (Parent of 16 year old – receives teletherapy sessions)

    West London Speech and Language Therapy has been a part of my son’s life from the age of 3 until his transition into secondary school at age 11. When we first met our therapist, my son was barely stringing 2 words together and with her help and strategies, from the time of his diagnosis with Autism and getting an EHCP before starting Reception, throughout mainstream primary school, he is now managing his way through secondary school with less support in a mainstream setting.

    By introducing a range of strategies from colourful semantics to Lego therapy to social thinking and being a social detective, as well as tailor-made social stories to address changes and challenges, he has come a long way and has gone from a child petrified of the playground at lunchtime to a confident preteen who says hello to everyone and always has a smile on his face.

    Working together with West London Speech and Language Therapy has been an absolute privilege and although we are sorry to part ways now, we know that the interventions and specific therapy received has been crucial to one happy boy who wouldn’t be as confident as he is today without their support and guidance. I cannot recommend a more professional yet personal and caring support network for anyone looking for speech and language therapy for child!

    Parent of child seen in education setting 

    I am very pleased with the progress that my son made during his speech therapy at West London Speech and Language Therapy for more than 5 years now. My son has a language disorder and right from the initial assessment through to the end the therapist was exceptional not only with my son but with me, as she made us feel very comfortable at every session, answering every question that I had and also gave plenty resources useful for my son speech delay and comprehension area.

    Parent of child seen at school and in clinic 

    Our Team

    Suzanne Da Silva

    Suzanne Da Silva

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Director

    Aoife Curran

    Aoife Curran

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Director

    Katie Harrison

    Katie Harrison

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Sophie Sparrow

    Sophie Sparrow

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Sarah Powell

    Sarah Powell

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Rachel Crane

    Rachel Crane

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Diana Hashimi

    Diana Hashimi

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Raffaella Marrafino

    Raffaella Marrafino

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Ashleigh Ibrahim

    Ashleigh Ibrahim

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Jo Plews-Mayall

    Jo Plews-Mayall

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Rebecca O'Malley

    Rebecca O'Malley

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Mar Newman

    Mar Newman

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amelia Collis

    Amelia Collis

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Sarah Coughlan

    Sarah Coughlan

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Elmise Mimbo

    Elmise Mimbo

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amira Al-Hooti

    Amira Al-Hooti

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amelia Elliott

    Amelia Elliott

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Saara Choudhry

    Saara Choudhry

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Zoe Sibbald

    Zoe Sibbald

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Niva Gosden

    Niva Gosden

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Caroline Milnes

    Caroline Milnes

    Administrator

    FAQ

    What are the benefits of Speech and Language Therapy?

    Speech and Language Therapists have studied to degree level and received highly specialist training in all aspects of communication development. They are qualified in making assessments and in supporting children and young people with all forms of communication needs. They will be able to offer you specialist advice.

    Why choose an independent therapist?

    There is no difference in the training or qualifications of an independent therapist and an NHS therapist. Both West London Speech and Language Therapy directors have worked for many years for the NHS as well as independently.
    An independent therapist may be able to see your child/young person sooner and more frequently than an NHS therapist. They also have more flexibility in the therapy they can offer.

    Do I need a referral from my GP?

    No, you can refer your child to West London Speech and Language Therapy yourself.
    Email: enquiries@wlspeechtherapy.co.uk or ring for a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation:
    Phone no: 07469 214032

    Where does the therapy take place?

    Assessment and therapy sessions take place at our clinic at Kite Studios, Shepherd’s Bush.
    Sometimes assessments and therapy can be arranged in your child’s/young person’s education setting but this can be dependent on a number of factors. Please phone to discuss this.

    How many sessions will my child/young person need and how long will they last?

    This will depend on your child/young person’s individual needs, the nature of their communication difficulty and response to therapy.
    We offer ongoing therapy sessions with regular review of progress.
    A typical therapy session lasts 45 minutes. Most of this time will be spent working directly with your child/young person but will include some time to discuss progress and new activities to focus on.

    You are free to withdraw from therapy at any time.

    Can I watch the sessions? (for parents of children up to 16 years)

    It is advised that you attend all sessions so that the Speech and Language Therapist can demonstrate activities to you and show you ways in which you can help your child. The interactions that you have with your child on a daily basis are key to enabling your child to make progress.

    How much do the sessions cost?

    Please see the Services and Fees.

    How can I find out if a therapist is qualified?

    All Speech and Language Therapists should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). One of its key functions is to maintain and publish a register of health professionals who meet national standards: www.hcpc-uk.org

    Registered members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) adhere to the ethical and professional standards outlined by RCSLT. A list of registered members is available on their website.

    The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) requires all speech and language therapists listed on their database to be registered with the HCPC and a member of the RCSLT: www.asltip.com

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.