Children's Speech & Language Therapy in Buckinghamshire

Down syndrome

Buckinghamshire Speech and Language Therapists have training in working with children with Down syndrome and/or have access to a wide range of specialist resources for supporting children with Down syndrome.  The SLT staff have access to Therapists with more specialist clinical knowledge and experience in the areas of hearing impairment, eating and drinking difficulties, visual impairment and other clinical difficulties which may also form part of a child with Down syndrome’s difficulties.  The SLT Mainstream Service provided to all children in Buckinghamshire meets the All Party Parliamentary Group on Down Syndrome: Good Practice Guidelines for Education, 2012.

The SLTs deliver support by:

  • Developing the communication environment of the child, for example promoting the use of visual cues such as pictures, symbols and signing
  • Training parents, carers and setting staff in the use of Makaton signing – please see the training pages of the website for more information
  • Assessing the speech, language and communication needs of the child, and providing advice and specific targets to support the child to communicate
  • Using the child’s individual learning profile and areas of strength to support the development of communication skills
  • Working in the child’s school or setting alongside education staff on specific areas of communication, such as speech production, auditory memory, vocabulary, or spoken sentence structures.

The Speech and Language Therapists work alongside the Specialist Teaching Service for children with Down syndrome.

More information about Down syndrome can be found on the Down’s Syndrome Association website and the Down syndrome education international website.

 

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External resources

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker - Click here to go to Talking Point's Progress Checker, where you can check the progress of your child's language development by answering questions about their communication skills.

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Bucks Family Information Service

Bucks Family Information Service

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website contains information about services and activities for children and their families in Buckinghamshire.

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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Children and Young People’s Services

Click here for information about Buckinghamshire Healthcare's health visiting, school nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services.

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Last updated: 10 November, 2016