Your first appointment
Where will it be?
Your child’s first appointment may take place at one of the following places:
your local health centre
your local children’s centre
your child’s pre-school or school
What will happen?
Your first appointment will usually last between 30 and 60 minutes.
The therapist will discuss and write down your concerns and find out more about your child and the difficulties they are having.
The therapist will ask for some background information including birth details, health issues, and talk about your child's general progress and family history.
There will be opportunities for your child to play while you chat to the therapist. Older children may be involved in discussions.
After discussions, the therapist may need to assess your child in more detail to find out their specific needs and to see if further support is needed.
How will they assess my child?
The therapist may use one or more of the following ways to assess your child:
watching your child playing and looking / listening to what they can do
playing with your child to informally check their skills
undertake formal assessments or tests which will give more information about their skills.
The therapist may also need talk to your child's nursery/playgroup or school teacher to get more information about their strengths and difficulties.
What happens after the assessment?
The therapist will talk to you about their findings and decide if further support is needed.
All recommendations and findings will be clearly explained to you.
You will have the opportunity to ask any other questions you may have.
The therapist may need to talk to other professionals, for example pre-school or school staff, and explain the assessments and what they need to do to support your child. This might include what targets or activities are needed and who will carry them out.
At the end of the appointment your therapist will talk to you about what happens next and what the arrangements for this will be.
A report will be written, and with your consent, shared with other professionals eg GP and school staff so everyone is aware of what the plan is. The report will include advice and recommendations for supporting your child's development.
You will be actively involved in managing your child's care alongside your child’s therapist and other professionals.
English not your first language?
If English is not your first language, we may be able to provide an interpreter who can help to book appointments and attend sessions with you. Reports can also be provided in your own language if needed.
If you have any further questions about your child’s appointment, please contact us on 0300 300 2019 or email SNHS.SolentChildrensTherapyService@nhs.net.