Group SLT Services

 

Group Speech and Language Therapy Services 

Group Therapy provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop their speech, language and communication skills in a more natural, less pressurised environment than individual therapy.

During groups children have the chance to:

  • Copy and learn from other children
  • Develop attention skills and the ability to take turns
  • Learn co-operation and negation skills
  • Build their confidence in using their communication skills with friend
  • All group sessions are 45 minutes in length and cost €15 per child.

 

Stepping Stones – Play and Learn Group (1 -3 years)

 

This group is open to children between the ages 1 – 3 years, and their parents.

 

What to expect: This group focuses on practical strategies for supporting early interaction skills and early speech and language skills during play time and throughout the day with your child. Each week we introduce a core communication strategy, and parents will have the chance to put it into practice with the support of our Speech and Language Therapists. We also have a circle time, using song based activities aimed at supporting attention and listening, early speech sound development, turn taking and language skills.

This group runs for 6 sessions and takes place in the morning time. Please contact grainne@downsyndromecentre.ie for further information and to find out the dates of our next group.

 

 

 

Narrative (Story Telling) Group

Who is this group for?

This group is suitable for children aged between 9 – 12 years, who would benefit from support with telling their personal news, retelling fictional stories, and engaging in conversations with peers.

 

What to expect:

These sessions will target language skills and conversation skills required for telling stories. The sessions are run by 2 Speech and Language Therapists, and may have up to 6 children attending. Parents are asked to wait in our family room during the session. The therapists will provide activities for home.

 

During the sessions we will target skills such as:

– Auditory memory and recall

– Using “Active Listening” Skills

– Asking questions (Using “Wh” questions – “Who?” “What happened?” “Where?”

– Sequencing skills (First, next and last)

– Using a “beginning”, “middle” and “end” when retelling a story

 

This group runs during term time at 3.00 pm on Tuesdays. However other days and times can be facilitated please contact grainne@downsyndromecentre.ie for further information. Please note group targets may be altered based on the needs of the children in the group.

 

Preteen Group (9-12 years)

This group is run by our Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. It incorporates social skills into peer group fun activities such as narrative (storytelling), identifying emotions, and initiate conversations with peers in a natural environment.

This group runs during term time at 4.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However other days and times can be facilitated please contact aoifeslt@downsyndromecentre.ie for further information.

 

Teenage Age Group (13-17 years)

This group is run by our Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. It focuses on the development of social skills and life skills in a fun and motivating way. Goals targeted include conversational skills, money skills, organisation and planning skills.

This group runs during term time. Please contact aoifeslt@downsyndromecentre.ie for further information.

 

Lámh

Language is vital for a child’s cognitive (mental) and social development. The use of signs in early years will help children to progress and relieves frustration and for most children signs are used as a bridge to talking.

Throughout the year, we run Lámh Courses for Family Members, Special Needs Assistants and Teaching Staff. To register your interest in our next course please email info@downsyndromecentre.ie or call 01 661 8000.

 

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