Let's keep everything clear and simple
We know this can be a stressful time for you as a parent. You want to make sure you get the best for your child and importantly, to understand what best actually is.
That's why we've developed a clear and straightforward process. At each stage we want you to understand what we're doing, why we're doing it and what you can do to play your part too.
It has three simple phases: Assessing, Reporting; Therapy
This is where we get to know your child and you too.
We carry out an assessment of your child to understand their communication skills and needs. This assessment may include formal standardised tests and informal assessment through play and observation.
We also take the time to understand a little about you – what are your thoughts and your needs for your child. You can be as much a part of the development process as your child and we are!
Following our assessment we will prepare a report detailing our findings.
This will give you a full understanding of our assessment, with identification of your child's strengths and needs, setting out the programme of therapy that we recommend.
It's important to note that at this point you are under no obligation to take the therapy any further.
The recommended frequency and length of the therapy programme will be discussed at the initial assessment.
It's likely that your child will be seen once a week, at a regular time and in a regular location. Therapy sessions last for up to 60 minutes and comprise structured activities to meet your child's needs.
We want sessions to be fun and engaging and we use a wide range of toys and games in our therapy. In addition, we can provide homework activities so you can get involved with your child's therapy too. Sessions can be carried out in our clinic in central Aberdeen, in your home or in your child's school.
We regularly collaborate with other relevant stakeholders such as your existing NHS therapist, educational psychologists, paediatricians, health visitors, head teachers, teachers and classroom assistants.
Experience and expertise
Therapist / Director
Gillian graduated from Queen Margaret College in 1992. After graduating she worked in the NHS for several years before starting up in independent practice with Rachel. Gillian's background is mainly in additional support needs including autism and learning difficulties. Due her experience she is confident in working with children and young people with a wide range of communication difficulties.
Rachel graduated from Glasgow University in 1993. She worked in the NHS for many years before setting up in independent practise with Gillian. Rachel has always worked with a mixed caseload and enjoys the variety this allows. She has a special interest in language disorder and in speech delay and disorder and experience in working with children with a range of communication diffiuclties.
Fiona's first degree is in Linguistics and she completed a post - graduate in speech and language therapy in 2012. Fiona made the move from Ireland to Aberdeen and has worked with Steel Stewart since qualifying. Fiona has worked with a wide range of client groups so is able to offer therapy to children and young people with a variety of speech and language difficulties. Her areas of interest include dyslexia, bilingualism and language disorder.
The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. ASLTIP provides information for members of the public seeking private therapy and provides information and support to therapists.
The Health and Care Professions Council regulates health and care professionals in the UK. All health and care professionals registered with HCPC are genuine and meet national standards.
RCSLT is the professional body for people working in speech and language therapy in the UK.