Speech and language therapist for children
Welcome to Wordsteps, my name is Anna Biavati-Smith and I am a private Specialist Speech and Language Therapist based in Edinburgh.
I travel to people’s homes and my service supports children and young adults find their voice through helpful steps in communication.
I aim to empower not only the children that I support but also their parents and involved professionals.
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Limited consonant sound use results in unintelligible speech and often indicates a motor speech disorder (apraxia) or phonological disorder. Check out these norms and the list of “red flags” which indicate that speech therapy is likely needed to help your child learn to be understood. By 18 months Child produces 3 to 6 different consonant sounds with each child having a little different consonant inventory. By 24 months Initial Sounds – /p, b, m, t, n, d, h, k, g/
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Many parents and school staff are keen to understand what are the essential goals when assessing a child’s language and communication skills. These are four: to screen for language difficulty to establish a baseline for intervention to formulate appropriate goals for intervention to measure a child’s language skills over time. Westby, Stevens, Dominguez, and Oetter (1996) Screening In some part of the UK clinicians screen children to separate the kids whose language skills are developing well from the children who are experiencing some form of language difficulty. The children who
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Anna is our second SLT, she was amazing. Before she came, I was very confused about my girl’s language development. The NHS SLT said she was fine and no longer need further therapies. But she
Anna is not only a really experienced and knowledgeable language therapist, but she is also superb with kids. She worked with my daughter, who has Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) fairly intensively over a 6 month
Anna helped my son Marco from about the age of 3.5 till about 5 years old. She has been an absolute life saver, amazing with the wee one and superb at explaining to me and
Anna worked with my 4 year old daughter for a year to help us with her phonological disorder. She struggled to make many sounds and her speech was difficult for those outside of the family