Noala Speech Language Therapy for Children

June 15, 2022 | Blog, Education

Speech language therapy for children – Noala Hub was founded by Emilie Spire. She talked to MumAbroad about why she set up the online platform. In September 2023 Emilie took the difficult decision to close the doors for business. We wanted to keep her story here because supporting children with communication disorders still very much matters. Noala digital platform is still available to charities, free of charge, working with children, schools and speech and language pathologists. 


Emilie’s Story

“Noala was born with the mission of making speech and language therapy mainstream.

Opening up access for more people to get the help they need.”

How Noala came about

 

I saw the power of speech and language therapy first-hand in my family. My niece, Ambre, suffered from a stroke just before she was born, resulting in communication delays. We were fortunate enough to access an amazing speech and language therapist and I was blown away by the tremendous positive impact that had on her development, and also on our family as a whole.

Supporting children with communication disorders

 

Communication is what makes us human. It’s vital for every individual, no matter the age, gender or border. Yet 8% of children have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). On average, 2 students in every class of 30 have difficulties speaking clearly, using and understanding language and interacting with others. Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) are unfortunately still underdiagnosed.

 

speech and language therapy for children

 

The early years are a crucial period for children’s development. This is a period of rapid neurological development. Positively supporting young children’s development can be greatly beneficial. Researchers agree that interaction between adult and child and the environment to support it are crucial.

Speech and language therapy

 

Early intervention is a key solution to breaking the cycle of disadvantage in the early years of a child’s life. Early identification and intervention is supported both in terms of having the greatest impact but also being the most cost-effective. Given that resolving language difficulties by age five can reduce associated literacy difficulties, the development to test and identify in the early years is encouraging.

Speech and language therapy is still not well known and we believe it’s time to make it mainstream.

Parents can play a key part in supporting children with DLD

 

Parenting is a stronger predictor of children’s progress than any childcare experience. It reduces the risk of social exclusion and is a key to achieving the best physical, mental health and well-being outcomes for their children. Parents and families increasingly find support and interventions centred on them. Speech and language therapists can empower the parents resulting in an engaging and positive environment for the children.

Communication signs that parents should look out for

 

If your child doesn’t smile or interact with others, makes only a few sounds or gestures (7-12 months) or does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years), it might be time to check with a specialist. Typically, three-year-olds can produce clear words and combine them together into short sentences. They can tell simple stories, understand instructions and interpret others’ non-verbal communication. It’s important to remember that every child is different and will develop skills in their own time.


Are you a charity working with children, schools or speech and language pathologists?

 

Noala’s digital platform is available for you to use free of charge. You can use their patient practice portal, interactive digital exercises, private practice management software and secured videocall feature. You can request access on their charity page

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