The Speech and Language Therapy team offer support to children who experience speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties through working on communication, understanding, talking, speech sounds and stammering. We also support children and young people who may have problems with their voice.

Toolkits

Please view the services we offer in the drop down box above. You will find toolkits relating to the difficulty which contains information on normal development, top tips to help and activities to try.

You can also visit Useful Speech and Language Therapy Links.

How can we help?

Speech and Language Therapists offer support to children and young people from birth to 18 years where communication difficulties are impacting on their ability to fully participate in daily life. We take the lead on the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of, children and young people with communication and swallowing difficulties.

We work in partnership with children and young people, their families and other professionals to reduce the impact of these difficulties, recognising the importance of working with your child in the most appropriate environment.

Before requesting help from us, if you think your child has difficulties which we would be able to help with, please use the toolkits listed on the services pages which you can find above. These toolkits will help you, and us, to establish your child’s level of need and collect information which will be useful when we first see them.

Training

We also provide training for early years and school age settings staff, parents, health visitors, childminders and SENCos. For more information please click on the appropriate link:

Training for Early Years

Training for School Age

SLT Training Resources

Makaton Beginners Training 2017

Who will my child see?

The young person will be allocated a named therapist who is a registered Speech and Language Therapist. They will work with other professionals who are involved with the young person’s care as required. This could include:

  • School staff
  • Pre-school staff
  • Paediatric consultant
  • Educational psychologists
  • Health visitor
  • School nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Dieticians
  • GP

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What happens next?

Once a health professional, school teacher, health visitor, early years staff or parent/carer has made a referral for the young person, you will be sent an appointment. In the event that the referral is not accepted, we will inform you why – this might be that there is information missing from the request form so that we are unable to complete clinical screening, or there are activities that you can complete before a request can be accepted.

Once a request is accepted, we try and see all children and young people for assessment within 8 weeks. When this is not possible, we will contact you and advise what the anticipated time frame for assessment will be. In the meantime, it can be helpful if you use some of the links on our webpages for support while you are waiting.

We work from a variety of locations around the county, and if a request for service is accepted we will offer your child an appointment at the venue closest/most appropriate for you. This might be a local clinic, the child’s school, nursery or children’s centre, and might, where a feeding referral has been made, be your home.

If your child is of school age

You may be invited to sit in and observe your child’s assessment. Alternatively, the therapist may assess your child first by observing them in their classroom and then carrying out some formal and informal assessments.

The therapist will then meet with you and ideally a member of the school staff to discuss the results of the assessment. The SLT will give you advice as to how to support your child, strategies to help and activities to try out at home. The school will be involved too in supporting your child’s speech, language and communication needs.

The therapist may arrange for your child to receive support from a speech and language therapy assistant or she may give you and the school targets to work on. These will be reviewed when you and the school request further support, resources or  have achieved the targets and are ready to move on.