Speech and language therapy for children
Speech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing.
Children’s speech and language therapists work mainly in community health centres, mainstream and special schools and nurseries, children's centres and family homes.
Speech and language therapists work with infants and children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties to assess what might be going wrong and suggest changes which will make the process safer and help the child to develop their skills.
How to access
Children may be seen individually or in groups by the Speech and language therapists or programmes of work may be delivered by other childcare workers or parents under the direction of the therapist.
Please read their website to find details about how to get help and workshops.
More details are available on our Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) article on the local offer.
Local Offer Information
If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, you can contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service in the following ways:
Call the Speech & Language Therapy Advice Line: 07825 016 335.
This line operates every Wednesday from 9am-12pm throughout the year, including school holidays (excluding Bank Holidays).
Email the Speech and Language Therapy Service team with your query and someone will reply with information about what to do next.
Early Years telephone drop in
A telephone drop in line for anyone with a child aged between 0-5 to talk about their child’s speech and language development.
- Telephone: 01454 862438. This line operates every Monday between 09.30-12.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).
School Age service
All local state schools and academies have a Link SLT. They are the point of contact for any SLT concerns. This includes the Special Schools and Units. Your school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will have their contact details or you can call the Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line or email the Speech and Language Therapy Service team to find these out.
Training for parents
Our training team are involved in delivering courses to both parents and education staff across Early Years and School Age. Visit the Community Children’s Health Partnership website for more information and for other useful websites.
- Local Offer Age Bands
- 0-4 (Early Years)
- 4-11 (Primary school)
- 11-16 (Secondary school)
- SEN Provision Type
- Targeted service
- Specialist service