Speech and language therapy
We help children and young people up to the age of 19 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
- hearing impairments
- selective mutism
- dysfluency (stammering)
- autistic spectrum disorders
- speech sound 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:
- talking to your child and important people in your child’s life to establish the need and goals to work towards
- target setting and reflection on progress
- individual or group sessions to work on specific skills
- activities to develop your child’s communication skills between sessions
- training for families, schools and early years settings.
Advice sessions for parents, carers and educational settings
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.
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.
These sessions are focused on supporting children with speech, language and communication needs within the educational 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. If a parent or carer would like to attend alongside staff please indicate this on the request form.
To request an early years 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.
To request a school 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.
Infant Language Link and Speech Link assessments and interventions are available in all Key Stage 1 settings and run alongside speech and language therapy school advice sessions to tailor advice specifically to individual children.
Infant Language Link is an award winning, evidence based online package. It helps to raise the attainment of all children with speech, language and communication needs across Reception and Key Stage 1.
The standardised assessment identifies 8 key areas of language. It provides:
- classroom strategies and resources
- targeted interventions
- specific supplementary teaching to allow school staff to actively support children.
The Speech Link package helps identify and support children aged 4 to 8 years with developmental speech sound difficulties. Launched in 2003, it helps schools across the UK decide who needs to see a speech and language therapist, as well as those at risk of literacy difficulties.
Speech Link helps support staff work effectively with children’s common speech sound errors.
Schools have access to the SpeechLink Helpdesk, 0333 577 0784. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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