Mercifully, the delivery came at 10.40 :-)
So I was able to leave, pick up Helen at 12 noon and make it to the hospital on time !
The Speech Therapy assessment was very thorough (an hour) and helpful. The long and short is that Abby definitely has a significant language delay due to repeated ear infections in her first year of life.
She does definitely need some intensive speech therapy to help her develop her speech more before she starts school in September, but guess what....there is now no speech therapist covering our area due to staff shortages, so it could well be many, many months before she can get speech therapy.
Unless of course we pay through the nose and "go private".
Which I think we will do, as it is obviously going to be in Abby`s best interests to be able to communicate clearly, confidently and effectively with her peers and teachers in September.
Time to surf the web to find accredited speech therapists in our area.......