Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders’ Mobile Speech & Language Therapy Service!
Welcome to the Blethers Speech & Language Therapy website! My name is Isla Davies and Blethers is my private speech & language therapy practice. Working throughout Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders I offer a unique mobile speech therapy service providing assessment and treatment for children and young adults who have speech, language and communication difficulties. In addition I offer specialist services for people who have Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and learning difficulties. Please have a look through the website for more information about Blethers & The Blethers Mobile Therapy Room, communication and Speech & Language Therapy more generally. If you can’t find what you are looking for please try the search button at the top of the page will hopefully help.
Clients who have used Blethers’ services said:
‘As a parent you only want the best for your child and after realising our 3 year old was suffering with some complicated speech and language problems, we turned to Blethers. Isla Davies has now been working with our son for just over 15 months and she has become an invaluable part of his development. After initially starting her sessions at our home, Isla now visits my son’s school once a week and works hand in hand with his teachers. My son has made great strides in the last 12 months and this is solely down to the hard work and commitment of Isla. She’s one of a kind and we know our son is in safe hands. If you want the best for your child, there is no one better than Isla Davies’
‘I would highly recommend “Blethers Speech and Language Therapy”. Isla Davies is extremely well qualified and dedicated to helping children with all levels of speech difficulties. My son thoroughly enjoyed the classes as they were always different, interesting and fun. Every achievement is rewarded and learning is achieved through play appropriate to the child’s age and ability. He looked forward to his weekly sessions and loved the Mobile Therapy Room (Isla’s office) which she brought to our house, making it as easy as possible for us to attend. I don’t think you will find a better speech therapist.’
‘We weren’t sure what to expect but Isla went out of her way both in traveling distance but also in all communications to support us. She was knowledgeable, related well to our 3 year old son, was incredibly friendly and insightful in her assessment. We’re delighted to have found Blethers and would be happy to recommend.’
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- Summer in East Lothian! July 19, 2017
I thought about writing this post yesterday when summer had indeed arrived in East Lothian, as you can see in this lovely photo of the poppies in a field between Pencaitland and Tranent:
Sadly it’s a bit cooler and cloudier today but I’m sure there will be more sunny days before the summer is out. Here in East Lothian we are blessed with many beautiful beaches including the especially popular Gullane Bents, Yellowcraigs, North Berwick and Dunbar’s Belhaven Bay.
The warm sunny weather brings many families to the beaches and the obvious place to cool off is in that lovely, blue water. However, to the unwary, the water can contain hidden dangers and the conditions are constantly changing with the tide and weather. With that in mind, I would like to point you all in the direction of some helpful advice that should help you stay safe while you’re having a break from your speech and language therapy sessions.
Please click here to go to the RNLI’s Respect the Water page where you will find lots of helpful advice that will help you and your family to enjoy a safe trip to the beach. At the very least:
- Try to go to a lifeguarded beach if possible. The red and yellow flags you will see there show the safest area to swim in and that part of the shore will be being patrolled by the lifeguards.
- Remember that swimming in the sea is very different from a pool. The seabed is very uneven and sometimes there are sharp changes in depth.
- The sea around the UK is very cold, even at the height of summer. Take time to get used to the temperature as you go in and if you have a wetsuit, wear it. The Respect the Water website has some great advice about what to do if you fall into very cold water suddenly.
- Make sure someone on the beach is keeping an eye open for you and can call for help if necessary.
- Understand what a rip current is and what to do if you find yourself in one. Click here to watch Gwithian Academy of Surfing’s excellent video explaining rip currents. Basically a rip is a current that forms where the water coming into the beach in the waves flows back out to sea. They pull out to sea and may stay in one place like when they form around rocks or they can move around the beach as the tide changes. If you find yourself in a rip, swim at right angles to it (usually parallel to the beach) until you are free from its pull then either try to get attention and/or swim back into the beach. NEVER try to swim directly against a rip current, you will exhaust yourself and then you will be in a lot of trouble.
If you see someone in trouble in the water, your first action should always be to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. The Coastguard will then come to your assistance and will alert the RNLI lifeboat teams if necessary. If you can, avoid going into the water yourself as many people drown trying to save others.
Stay safe on the beach this summer and have fun!
As well as the news page, make sure you visit the Blethers Facebook page and You Tube channel where Isla also posts lots of helpful information about new research, useful links and informative videos. Isla loves to hear from you so please get involved with the discussions, stay up to date and express your opinion!