Frequently asked questions
Why choose an independent therapist?
There is no difference
in the training or qualifications of NHS and independent
therapists. Independent therapists
can sometimes offer appointments earlier as many of them
do not operate waiting lists. An independent therapist may
be able to offer a greater number of therapy sessions, and
their service might be more flexible to suit the family’s
Where will my child be seen, and what areas are covered?
Buckley usually sees children from north and east London
and from neighbouring parts of Essex. She can see
some children from other parts of the country for one-off
assessments and advice, school / home programmes or for second
opinions, including those relating to special educational
Children from local areas are usually seen in Belinda Buckley’s
clinic in Walthamstow, east London. It is usually also necessary
to make some home and / or school visits to see children
in different settings and to meet with teaching staff. Each
child’s case will be decided on an individual basis.
often will my child be seen?
Assessment might take one or
more sessions. A standard initial assessment session usually
lasts 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions,
including therapy sessions, last 60 minutes. Frequency of
therapy sessions depends on several factors, including your
child’s response to therapy, the nature of their communication
difficulty and other types of support available to them.
If regular therapy is recommended, this could take the form
of once weekly sessions for a specified number of weeks (usually
6 - 8 weeks initially). Following this, your child’s
progress should be reviewed and decisions taken regarding
future input should be guided by the progress your child
has made, in addition to your wishes.
What’s a school/home
A programme is an indirect form of intervention
that might be recommended for some children, including those
unable to make regular visits to the clinic. Following assessment,
Belinda Buckley writes goals for your child’s communication
/ language / speech development, provides any additional
information (including activities and materials) for others
to implement the programme, and places these in a pack, together
with record forms for monitoring your child’s progress
and response to activities. The forms, together with materials
included in the pack, make planning of sessions easy for
parents or teaching support staff. The programme is designed
to be implemented over a specified period of time (for example,
one half or full term). Belinda Buckley makes an initial
visit to the home / school to discuss aims and maybe demonstrate
how to carry out activities. She makes a visit towards the
end of the programme to discuss progress, and to help in
making a decision about future input.
If your child has a
home / school programme, Belinda Buckley is available for
telephone contact and support at no extra
cost throughout the duration of the programme.