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Self-referral and therapy for school children and young people

If you attend school and need help to develop your speech and language skills, visit our referrals page for more information.

If you’re under 18 years old, we’ll need a parent/guardian to sign our consent form to say they agree to us seeing you.

We’ll also need to find out some information from your school. Once we have this, we’ll contact the school and arrange a time to see you, or tell your parent/guardian when we’ll visit you.

Very rarely, we may invite you to the clinic instead.

How we support you

We generally see children and young people who need help with speech. This includes the way we pronounce sounds and how we use them in words.

We may work on specific speech sounds (like ‘r’, ‘sh’) or pronouncing longer words. We also work with children and young people who stammer and selective mutism, also known as reluctant speaking.

Find out more about the speech and language difficulties we work with.

Speech and language therapy in school – what to expect

We’ll introduce ourselves and explain why we have come to see you. We’ll then ask how you feel about your speech, language and social skills, what you’re good at and anything you’d like help with.

Together, we’ll help you by:

  • setting some targets and helping you to reflect on your progress
  • carrying out tests to review your communication skills
  • doing some speaking and listening activities, either in the classroom, in groups or on a 1-to-1 basis
  • giving you advice and support
  • providing training to your family and school.

We’ll also talk to your teacher and any other adults that work with you.

We may join one of your lessons and explain to your teacher how they can change lessons to help you learn.

After the visit, our therapist will talk to your parent/guardian and school staff so that they know how the visit went.  Together, we’ll decide what should happen next.

How to refer yourself for speech and language therapy

Visit our referrals page for more information.