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14/12/2013 at 13:53
if you could spare a minute we would greatly appreciate some feedback on a new website which launched recently, called Find a Speech & Language Therapist.
The goal is to make speech and language therapy (and especially private therapy) more accessible, by providing information about what it is / in what situations might private therapy be appropriate / how to choose a private therapy, as well the different diagnoses that speech and language therapists work with. The website also contains a directory of private speech and language therapists (we are new so this will grow in time) and local charities / support groups.
If you have considered (or had) speech and language therapy for your children would you find this useful?
Thanks in advance (and Happy Christmas to everyone )!!
14/12/2013 at 13:54
the website link did not work... findslt.co.uk
15/12/2013 at 21:54
Are you trying to go into competition with ASLTIP? For those who don't know this is the main body of independent speech therapists and where a lot of nhs therapists would direct you if you asked for a private therapist (and it comes up as one of the first few pages of you google Find SLT'). As a firm believer in the nhs, I found the tone of the section "why consider private" (or whatever it's called) to be offensive to nhs therapists and misleading to vulnerable clients desperate for therapy intervention. To any MDers looking at this site please remember it is set up to make the people running it/private therapists money and they do not necessarily accurately represent what your local nhs service may provide, rather generalising about the worst case scenario. Do your research.
06/01/2014 at 23:07
But isn't ASLTIP making money itself? The ASLTIP website is also run by private therapists and although it does not look nearly as well put together it charges double the subscription fees to therapists than the FindSLT.co.uk one. Why is that?
Also, how does appeal to current popularity provide a reasonable justification for barring another service provider to appear? What if the FindSLT website becomes more popular than ASLTIP over time, would there be a moral basis for ASLTIP to withdraw from the market? Or why does your appeal to emotion such as 'offensive to nhs', 'vulnerable clients', 'desperate for therapy' supposed to apply only to FindSLT and not ASLTIP? If you are a firm believer in NHS does this mean you find ASLTIP redudant or offensive as well?
I would like to please see that ASLTIP improves it's service and cuts down on fees, instead of belittling other alternatives -current or future- in order to maintain it's position; in fact I would be happy to see 10 other new providers come in the market and as a result have quality improve through competitive innovation, while NHS should always have an important role to guarantee there is available treatment for all who need it and cannot afford or are not in need of the extras that come with private therapy.
I agree on one thing though, people should do their own research and see for themselves.
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