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Anna Biavati-Smith
wordstepsslt@gmail.com

My aim is to make private Speech and Language Therapy affordable. Fees are based upon the recommended national guidelines for the profession*. Fees can vary depending on the services required. Please contact us for a quote.

Initial phone call/discussion FREE

Initial consultation £100

*Fees are set according to guidelines published by the Royal College of Speech of Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Travel

Travel outside this Edinburgh will be charged at £0.45 per mile to and from the agreed appointment location.

Payment

Fees are payable on or before the day of attendance or in block bookings.

Payment is by cheque or BACS

A family history of speech and language problems is often an indicator that a difficulty may develop; however, this is not always the case. Children who have experienced frequent ear infections with hearing loss often are at risk of developing speech sound difficulties

An appointment can usually be offered within one to two weeks of initial contact.

WordSteps is usually open for business Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. However, if these opening hours are not convenient for you, please send me an email

The number of sessions your child requires and how frequently they will occur will be agreed with you following assessment.

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Initial appointment lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes, but this also depends on the child’s need and at times observations are also required.

The usual session will generally last 45 minutes to one hour. This will also include time giving feedback to parents/carers.

Yes, direct parental involvement is encouraged throughout and is crucial towards success. As part of the treatment process the Speech Therapist can provide parents with a home programme developed around the specific needs of your child including stimulating reading material, resources and interactive activities to integrate into his/her everyday routine. This will greatly help your child’s development and ensure targets are being achieved.

No. Parents or carers do not need a GP referral or anything similar in order to take up private therapy. Contacting me directly is sufficient.

Yes, if your child is already receiving input from the NHS it is usually in the child’s best interest for both Speech Therapists to collaborate with parental consent. It is important that assessment results and therapy targets are shared with your permission to ensure effective management.

Providing I have your consent, I am more than happy to liaise with other professionals involved with your child.

As long as your school is in agreement, I am happy to see your child in this setting and for nursery/school staff to be present during sessions.

There are no hard and fast rules, we will see any child that a parent or carer is concerned about. To provide some examples, private therapy can be valuable when:

  • parents or carers want advice about a concern they have, but wish to bypass the NHS or the waiting list they happen to be on
  • a child is being seen by the NHS but needs top-up therapy to make faster progress
  • a second opinion is desired
  • parents or carers desire more ideas on how to achieve a particular goal or implement a strategy

No. The benefits of private therapy include one-to-one therapy and no waiting lists. Furthermore, I have strong links with the NHS Speech and Language Therapists and will ensure that we work together to provide your child with a coherent therapy programme.

You may be able to but you must check with your insurance company first. Clients may settle their invoice and then claim with their insurance provider. The Speech and Language Therapist cannot claim directly with the insurer.

Please try to contact me 24 hours before the scheduled appointment. You will be charged 50% of the session price if you do not attend without cancelling in advance. Also, if you are late, you will be charged in full but the appointment will end at the scheduled time.