Speech & Language Therapy Services for Adults

Blethers offers speech & language therapy services for young adults who have developmental communication difficulties, often because they have a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or severe learning difficulties. Blethers does not offer services for stroke rehabilitation, head injury or adults who stammer. If you need help to find the right service, please do contact Isla and she will recommend some helpful sources of information like the Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice.

It can be difficult to access speech & language therapy services as an adult with a developmental condition, particularly if you have relatively mild but significant communication problems like those you may encounter if you have Asperger’s Syndrome. Good communication skills are central to success and wellbeing in many areas of adult life whether that’s getting a job, finding a partner or doing well in further education. If you think you would benefit from some help from Blethers, read on…

Are you:

  • An adult who has a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • An adult who has severe communication difficulties and complex needs?

Do you:

  • Have difficulty making and maintaining relationships with other people?
  • Knowing what to say and how to keep a conversation going?
  • Find it hard to interpret facial expressions, body language and tone of voice?
  • Have problems doing in well in interviews?
  • Find that it’s difficult to keep jobs because your employers just don’t seem to understand you or your diagnosis?
  • Need some help to understand your diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • Wish other people you work with or go to college/uni with understood your diagnosis better?
  • Have no speech at all?

What Will Blethers Offer Specialist Help With?

Blethers offers specialist support for young adults who have communication difficulties associated with complex needs and autistic spectrum disorders. Together, we can work on your communication skills.

Blethers supports young adults who have severe and complex learning difficulties with:

  • Learning the foundation skills of interaction and speaking – cause and effect understanding, taking turns, enjoying being with other people. Isla is a fully trained Intensive Interaction Co-ordinator which means that, as well as being an expert practitioner, she can offer support and education for families and care staff in the use of the technique. Please note that Isla recommends completion of the day course ‘Intensive Interaction with Dave Hewett’ before support is offered to professionals and care staff. Please see the Intensive Interaction website for details.
  • Support with setting up and using alternative and augmentative communication systems like picture exchange, symbol boards and voice output communication aids. I am trained to expert level in a wide variety of approaches including the Picture Exchange Communication System and TEACCH approach.
  • Developing communication with people who have very severe communication difficulties and challenging behaviours who can be described as ‘difficult to reach’.

If you are a young adult who has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Blethers will be able to help you with:

  • Specialist assessment as part of multi-disciplinary diagnosis of autism and related conditions. I am trained in a variety of autism assessment techniques including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Please be aware that, in line with recommended best practice, I will only work on a diagnosis of autism & related disorders in conjunction with other professionals.
  • Developing ‘active listening’ skills for more successful conversations and interviews.
  • Understanding and using eye contact, body language and facial expression for more successful conversations and interviews.
  • Understanding and using the ‘rules’ of conversation for more success in social conversations and formal conversations like interviews.
  • Providing education in social communication to support you in having more successful social relationships with others.
  • Developing skills in reasoning, problem solving and inferencing (‘reading between the lines’).
  • Training for your employers and/or educational establishments to increase their understanding of autistic spectrum disorders and promote an inclusive, understanding environment.
  • Education for you to help you understand more about your diagnosis and the strengths and weaknesses associated with it.