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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Today I am sharing a blog written By Lisa Smith (3 rd year Speech and Language Therapy student and HARs Scholar). As a therapist who deal with children with SM, I could NOT share this and be touched by her sponsored silence. I would love to thank her personally, especially as she describes how she felt and her deeper understanding of anxiety of communication. As a speech and language therapy student we learn about a range of different communication difficulties and disorders,
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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
"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn" - O.Fred Donaldson
I cannot rate Anna highly enough. She has worked with us and our boy, aged 9, who suffers with Selective Mutism, an anxiety related condition which prevents him from speaking socially and at school. She
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