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Speech and language therapy

We help children and young people up to the age of 25 with speech, language and communication problems. We also see those who have difficulty swallowing, eating and drinking.

Where appropriate we help children and families to learn alternative forms of communication including sign language.

Who we see

We see children and young people with conditions including:

  • developmental language disorder
  • complex communication needs, for example, cerebral palsy, severe epilepsy, head injuries
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • hearing impairments
  • selective mutism
  • dysfluency (stammering)
  • autistic spectrum disorders.

Our team also sees bilingual children, those with social and communication difficulties and voice problems.

We see children in early years settings, schools and FE colleges.

We help students in FE colleges to transition to higher education and adult services. Typically we see students with communication, cognitive and swallowing difficulties who attend Amersham and Wycombe College and Aylesbury College. Therapy focuses on functional communication skills such as asking for a drink in a cafe, accessing information and interview skills.

What we do

We assess the child/young person and develop a programme depending on their needs. We then work together with the child, their family and teachers. This helps the child/young person to develop their skills in their daily communication environments.

In some cases, we identify aspects of the child/young person’s physical or social environment that need adjustment before therapy can be effective.

We also see children and young people in schools and clinics.

What our service includes

Our speech and language therapy includes:

  • communication skills tests in 1-to-1 activities, in the classroom (if needed), and from talking to important people in your/your child’s life
  • target settings, helping you/your child/pupil work towards them and helping you to reflect on your progress
  • activities to help develop your communication skills between sessions
  • individual or group sessions to work on specific skills
  • training for families, schools and early years settings.

Advice sessions for parents, carers and SENCO staff

Parent and carer advice sessions for early years children

We offer 30-minute online or telephone sessions with one of our therapists. The sessions are for parents and carers only. Please do not include your child in this session.

Contact us to request a session using the contact details below. Use the title ‘SALT parent/carer early years advice session’ in the subject of your email.

Early years settings and school advice sessions for staff

These sessions help staff to support children with speech, language and communication needs within the setting. Our therapist will explain how to write their advice directly into the child’s SEND support plan.

You can discuss up to 4 children (for early years) during a 45-minute session which takes places online.

We tailor the advice to individually named children. We’ll need parental carer consent before you request a session. We can do anonymous sessions if the parent/carer does not give consent.

How to request an early years setting advice session

To request a session, complete the early years advice session form . Email the form to us using the address below and the title ‘SALT Early Years Advice Session’ in the subject of your email.

How to request a school advice session

To request a session, complete the schools advice session form . Email the form to us using the address below and the title ‘SALT School Advice Session’ in the subject of your email.

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Contact

Children and Young People's Therapy Services
Children and Young People's Therapy Services

01296 566045

Buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net