The Speech and Language Therapy Service will assess, diagnose and develop an individualised programme of care to maximise the communication potential of the children and young people referred to them and under their care.
Speech and Language Therapists work with children who may need help:
Understanding what people say to them
Listening and following instructions
Playing and communicating with other children
Eating and drinking
Understanding their environment
Saying sounds and talking clearly
Using words in sentences
The work involves direct contact with children and young people with communication difficulties as well as their carers and other key people in their lives. Therapists also support children and young people with swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapists may provide advice, intervention and/or training if this is seen to be appropriate. The therapist may work closely with parents/ carers/ teaching staff, discussing the child’s needs and provide coaching on ways to practise activities at home/school. We work collaboratively with other professions including teachers, support assistants, nursery staff or others who the child has regular contact or support from. The therapist will discuss the child/ young person’s needs to help others understand the nature of the difficulties and provide them with ideas and strategies to help promote, support and develop communication skills.
How we meet your needs
The service offers support in a range of settings. If your child has an EHCP we may see them in their educational setting (nursery, school, college) where we can ensure that the targets set and work is embedded in to their curriculum. We also offer home visits to ensure that the parents /carers feel able to support their child's functional skills within the home and community. We recognise that some children and young people with SEND may benefit from being seen in a clinic setting. Each child is different and their provision will be based on where we can maximise potential and reach the agreed outcomes and aspirations.