Your first appointment

Where will it be?

Your child’s first appointment may take place at one of the following places:

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:

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?

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.

Questions?

If you have any further questions about your child’s appointment, please contact us on 0300 300 2019 or email SNHS.SolentChildrensTherapyService@nhs.net.