Testimonials

 

 

 

Finding Samantha and introducing her into our son’s life was one of the best decision we have ever made!


We contacted Samantha after feeling frustrated at the progress and speed our local services were taking to help progress our son, who has a severe Speech disorder. Since then he has now been diagnosed with childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Samantha was a breath of relief for us!


Her dedication and commitment to helping our son was just so reassuring, and she gave us the hope we needed at that time to know N would progress.
Samantha is amazingly good at what she does and I am often blown away by how much she can achieve with N in sounding out words and sounds and getting the very best out of him.


N hit it off almost instantly with Samantha, with her friendliness and tactful work-through-play technique she won him over. Very important for us she is a super support, arming us with the tools and techniques we needed to be able to help N succeed and also helping us to understand speech difficulties better.


She too helped me (advised me) in kicking out some bad habits (dummy & bottle). My son was 3yrs at the time, so no longer needed both, and that was the kick I needed to put a stop to them, which was absolutely the best ever move, I just need push and Samantha gave me that.


Even more importantly our son has made huge progress and I could see it almost instantly, after only a few sessions he had progressed.


I can't thank her enough for the amount of dedication and thought she puts into each session, always making it interesting for N and always getting the most out of him without him even realising.


I would highly recommend Samantha and more.


Mrs R Mohammed Watford Herts

 


 

 

I contacted Sam last year following a recommendation from a work colleague whose son Sam helped with his speech difficulties. My daughter who is now 4 was under the NHS for a severe delay in speech and not making any progress. The very few words she had she was pronouncing with a d and were inaudible. I am very thankful to Sam for working with my daughter to pronounce sounds I had never heard from her before. Sam worked with my daughter through games making it fun while learning, to join sounds to make words that people would be able understand in order to communicate with her. Sam was very helpful and knowledgeable pointing me in the right direction to services for a diagnosis of possible causes for the speech delay which is currently ongoing.


Sam was always prepared for each session and very patient and made me feel comfortable being there with my child.
Ms Conroy, Kingsbury Brent

 

We started seeing Sam with our third son in May 2015 when he was two and a half.  He had a speech delay and was communicating with sounds rather than language.


M’s nursery had failed to pick up on his delay even though I was concerned. His behaviour was beginning to be effected as he was frustrated. I decided to seek help in an independent speech and language therapist. Contacting Sam is the best thing we ever done!  


Sam quickly identified the problem and her approach to helping our son has been amazing. He has come so far over the last year and this is all thanks to Sam's hard work.


She works above and beyond to help our son and gives as much advice and support as she can.


Our sessions are always made fun and my three-year-old treats them like a play date.


We are so thankful to Sam and we would highly recommend her and her approach.


Mrs Maxwell, Bushey Herts

 


 

 

I was very fortunate to find Samantha Lewis. I needed a structured language assessment for my five-year-old, who was struggling at school. She had a lovely rapport, which instantly put my son at ease. Her tips and techniques during the assessment for helping him have also been very useful. Best of all, she was able to pinpoint the areas that he requires most help in. She was also very good at making recommendations in other areas that should be investigated and through her contacts, we were able to pinpoint the root of my son's issue. I would have loved to have had Samantha as my son's weekly speech therapist, but as it is some distance away from us, she put us in touch with another excellent SALT, who is now helping my son. I would highly recommend Samantha if you are looking for an experienced speech therapist with lots of knowledge. 

Mrs Patel, Harrow.

 



I contacted Sam last year following a recommendation from a work colleague whose son Sam helped with his speech difficulties. My daughter who is now 4 was under the NHS for a severe delay in speech and not making any progress. The very few words she had she was pronouncing with a d and were inaudible. I am very thankful to Sam for working with my daughter to pronounce sounds I had never heard from her before. Sam worked with my daughter through games making it fun while learning, to join sounds to make words that people would be able understand in order to communicate with her. Sam was very helpful and knowledgeable pointing me in the right direction to services for a diagnosis of possible causes for the speech delay which is currently ongoing.


Sam was always prepared for each session and very patient and made me feel comfortable being there with my child.


Ms Conroy, Kingsbury Brent

 


 

 

We started seeing Sam with our third son in May 2015 when he was two and a half.  He had a speech delay and was communicating with sounds rather than language.


M’s nursery had failed to pick up on his delay even though I was concerned. His behaviour was beginning to be effected as he was frustrated. I decided to seek help in an independent speech and language therapist. Contacting Sam is the best thing we ever done!  


Sam quickly identified the problem and her approach to helping our son has been amazing. He has come so far over the last year and this is all thanks to Sam's hard work.


She works above and beyond to help our son and gives as much advice and support as she can.


Our sessions are always made fun and my three-year-old treats them like a play date.


We are so thankful to Sam and we would highly recommend her and her approach.


Mrs Maxwell, Bushey Herts

 


 

 

I was very fortunate to find Samantha Lewis. I needed a structured language assessment for my five-year-old, who was struggling at school. She had a lovely rapport, which instantly put my son at ease. Her tips and techniques during the assessment for helping him have also been very useful. Best of all, she was able to pinpoint the areas that he requires most help in. She was also very good at making recommendations in other areas that should be investigated and through her contacts, we were able to pinpoint the root of my son's issue. I would have loved to have had Samantha as my son's weekly speech therapist, but as it is some distance away from us, she put us in touch with another excellent SALT, who is now helping my son. I would highly recommend Samantha if you are looking for an experienced speech therapist with lots of knowledge. 

Mrs Patel, Harrow.

 



Samantha Lewis is an excellent Speech and Language Therapist: extremely organised, diligent, efficient, straightforward, and most of all, helpful. It was lovely to see H’s confidence grow throughout Sam’s sessions and to see H enjoy a relaxed relationship with Sam, despite the fact that he was having to endure working on a subject that did not come easy for him.


In all sessions, Sam exercised much patience as she asked H questions or ran through his homework. She even managed to make him laugh (and vice versa!) which I feel is always important. Humour is a godsend!


I understand SATS exams are merely a tool for schools rather than for the pupils. However, as a parent, using them as a guide to assess a child’s progress, I could never have hoped for such a good result for H this time last year. For H to have achieved Level 5 in a subject he found so difficult is amazing! I believe Sam has been instrumental in helping him to reach this standard and although I know he still has a way to go, Sam has put him on the right path!


I would highly recommend Sam to anyone.

Mrs K Woodward, Totteridge, London.

 


 

We started working with Sam in September 2014 when J was aged 3:5 and had been diagnosed with a severe speech disorder. At the time, he was missing a lot of basic sounds and to most people who did not know him well, his speech was incomprehensible. He spoke a few words (only up to a round 3 at a time). Our goal when we started therapy was that when J started in Reception in September 2015, he would be “in the pack” compared to other children.


From the outset, Sam was practical and helpful. She was keen to emphasise that putting a “label” to his speech issues was not necessary helpful, and this was reassuring in making us feel that this was not a “condition for life” but something that we could manage our way through together

 

Sam quickly devised us a programme which taught J all the basic speech sounds and how to put them together to make words, so by Christmas he was already much more intelligible and only lacking a few sounds. We began working on sentence structure and at the same time he continued to progress with the fluency of his words and ability to tackle longer words and more complex sentences.


He was signed off in July 2015 after nearly a year of therapy. Whilst he still has to work hard on his verbal communication, he has come a very long way and continues to improve every day. We now feel that we have the strategies that Sam taught us to continue to help him ourselves and know that Sam will continue to be able to support us if we need her again in the future.



Mrs Mussen, Croxley Green, Herts

 


 

Our son was experiencing language and developmental delays. We were extremely concerned for him and were fortunate to seek a consultation with Sam. She helped guide us and our son through his glue ear diagnosis and continued to work on his speech and language development. Our son has made great strides and we are most grateful to Sam for her approach. She has without doubt the best follow up of any medical developmental professional we have ever seen.


Mrs Kansagra, Radlett, Herts.

 


Thank you so much for your patience, hard work and kindness over the last few months – we have really noticed results with L and without your original alarm bell, our situation may have got worse, not better. We really appreciate all you have done – nursery liaison, advice and encouragement.


Mrs T Mendelson, Bushey, Herts.


 

Samantha quickly identified the problem and was able to explain mechanically how to fix it. Samantha was extremely efficient and clear in her consultation with us, which helped us get great results really quickly. We are so grateful to Samantha for heling us. She is an absolute professional and I would highly recommend her to friends and colleagues.


Mrs Insua, Stanmore, Middx

 


 

This is to confirm my sincere appreciation and thanks to a great professional. Samantha has been instrumental in advancing the speech capabilities of my 4 year old son D. Prior to her involvement, my son, who is exposed to three languages on a regular basis was quite unintelligible due to vowels being difficult to produce and lots of consonants mispronounced and omitted at the end of words. Samantha’s intervention was crucial. Alongside fun weekly activities that kept him motivated he was able to become intelligible within 6 months. I am truly grateful to Samantha and would highly recommend her services to future clients. 


Mrs Bozo Edgware Middlesex

 


 

Samantha was a pleasure to work with to resolve my son’s speech difficulties. She was open and responsive from the minute I contacted her and very quick to provide helpful guidance even on the initial telephone call. Each session was a lot of fun she used games and humour to help him resolve his particular sound difficulties. She provided a lot of helpful materials for me to take away and work with and gave me a lot of guidance on how best to work with my child. I learnt as much from the sessions as my son, not just about speech but about how we learn and creative ways to help the process. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Samantha Lewis. She is not only experienced and professional, but also a pleasure to work with.


Mrs Collier St Albans, Hertfordshire

 


 

I decided to take my son aged 3 to see Sam after I was told by the NHS speech therapists that he had a severe speech disorder, they recommended he go to a special Nursery, unfortunately there were very few places and he didn’t get in. He was put on a waiting list for speech therapy. Six months later I was still waiting, my son had started at a local nursery school and was largely unintelligible to all but myself and his siblings. We went for an initial assessment in October where Sam confirmed the fact that he had a severe speech disorder. We went for weekly sessions with Sam which were based around play and went home with homework every week, again made to be fun. We are now in January and in less than 3 months after the initial assessment my son has been discharged and is speaking as any normal 3 year old, his confidence has improved and everyone who hears him is amazed at the turn around. I can’t recommend Sam highly enough, now my son is able to communicate and I no longer have to translate for him!


Mrs Waller, Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire

 


 

Since beginning lessons with Sam significant improvements in my son's speech were noticeable almost immediately. He became a happier child showing increased confidence and far less frustration. He developed a great relationship with Sam and enjoyed weekly sessions improving his speech but also learning to listen, take turns and follow instructions. Lessons were fun and varied but very focused and Sam was always quick to move on when necessary. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sam's services to anyone with any concerns about their child's speech and language.


Mrs Buttterworth, St Albans Hertfordshire

 


 

Samantha Lewis helped me enormously when my son had speech difficulty when he was 8 years old. She saw him on numerous occasions and worked with him on a one to one basis. She also referred my son to an ENT consultant who investigated further into the issue at the time.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Samantha Lewis for speech therapy. I was extremely impressed with not only her knowledge of the subject, but also her professional approach. 

Mrs Goodkind, Stanmore Middx

 



In November 2013 I contacted Sam concerning my Grandson J. He had been attending speech therapy with the NHS but was making no progress and both my Son and Daughter in Law were becoming increasing concerned that J was becoming aware that he couldn’t talk like other boys and girls and was becoming isolated and nervous in company.
Sam assessed J and diagnosed a severe speech disorder but quickly took us under her wing and in six months has completely changed our little boy’s life.
 Sam has worked tirelessly to make the sessions meet J’s needs, they are always fun and include work that we have been able to continue at home.  Her enthusiasm, natural ability to make him at ease and her continual praise has meant that when he started at Widford School last week he had no problem communicating with teachers and fellow pupils. Initially we thought that he would be concentrating on key words to make himself understood and in fact he is confidently putting together sentences.
 We can’t thank Sam enough and although she hasn’t quite got rid of us yet we continually say ‘where would we have been without her – at exactly the same place as the day we met her!’


Mrs Rowley, Hoddesdon Hertfordshire.

 


 

We were very lucky to find Samantha when our son was 3, he was diagnosed with a severe speech disorder and we were awaiting help from the NHS. She quickly engaged with him and assessed and developed a therapy plan that was fun for him and easy for me to continue at home.  The sessions were fun and lively so he was able to concentrate for long periods, which has set the foundation for his ongoing learning and motivation.  From initially being told he may need special schooling by the health services, he is now a completely happy 6 year old with near normal speech, ahead of his school targets and not needing therapy.  Samantha is extremely skilled at her role and in my opinion goes to every length to ensure that everything is done in the best interests of your child.

 

J.Horn, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

 


My son has been seeing Sam for the last 18 months.  She makes learning easy and fun.  When he first came he was so behind in his speech and language and now he can communicate with family and friends.   He has gone from not talking at all, to someone who can't stop! - to someone who is understanding the world around him.Going to Sam has changed him so much and has made such a difference to all our lives.


D. Goodman, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

 


Sam Lewis has been a life saver for us and our now three year old daughter. She picked up her undiagnosed 'glue ear' and has taught her to speak via her enthusiastic teaching and with such patience too.  It has transformed my daughter’s life. 


B. Jackson, London Colney, Hertfordshire.

 


I first met Samantha when she came into the school where I teach to work to see a child with speech difficulties in my class.  I was incredibly impressed with how she managed the child and how quickly a fantastic working relationship developed between them.

When my own daughter was diagnosed with speech difficulties and referred to a speech therapist, I did not hesitate to pick up the phone to Samantha to ask her to help.

The sessions were always varied and fun and my daughter loved them, so much so she would ask every morning if we could go to Samantha’s house that day. Samantha provided work for me to do at home so that I could continue the work that had gone on in the sessions. This was always explained in great detail and she taught me how to make it into a game so that it was fun.

I couldn’t believe how quickly my daughter’s speech was improving and this was really brought home to me when people we hadn’t seen in a while would comment and say how amazing her speech now was.

Samantha has an amazing rapport with the children and definitely brings the best out in them, which only means faster and more effective results.

We were sad when our sessions with Samantha ended, but obviously thrilled with the progress our daughter had made. Now I always recommend Samantha to anyone that needs referring to a speech therapist.


J. Myeroff, Radlett, Hertfordshire.

 


 

We are delighted with the progress that our son has made since seeing Sam.  We were seeing a speech therapist on the NHS and we didn't feel that his speech improved at all.


Sam has a very good rapport with our son and makes the sessions into a fun game so speech therapy is something he looks forward to and is not a chore.
Sam also explains clearly what we need to do at home after the sessions so that we can reinforce her work.


L. Goodmaker, Stanmore, Middlesex.

 


 

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