Speech and language therapy
Speech and language therapists assess and treat children and young people with specific speech, language, communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties to enable them to communicate and participate in daily activities to the best of their ability. We work with children and young people from 0- 19 years in community clinics, homes, early years settings including family centres and mainstream schools. We have a strong focus on working in partnership to upskill parents and educational settings to maximise children’s progress in their daily communicative environment.
Speech and language therapists can advise and help develop the following:
- Attention and listening
- Play skills
- Understanding and using spoken language
- Recognising and producing speech sounds
- Using language socially
- Other ways of communicating, e.g. using signing and symbols
- Fluency / stammering
Accessing our services
- Children and young people requiring support for eating, drinking and swallowing will need a medical referral from the GP or Consultant
- Children and Young People requiring a safe hospital discharge where there is known developmental risk to communication.
- Children and Young People presenting with communication needs within a complex medical profile such as identified syndromes, epilepsy, neurological conditions, degenerative conditions and traumatic brain injury.
Accessing a Speech and Language Therapist without the need for a referral
If your child does not meet our high/urgent health and care need criteria they are still able to access Speech and Language Therapy support via our website resources, live webinars and virtual advice lines. No referral is needed and this support can be accessed by anyone supporting the child or young person.
Speech and language therapy support you can access without a referral
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