The service supports children and young people to develop effective speech, language and social communication skills. Where appropriate we help children and families to learn to use alternative means of communication such as signing. We also work with children and young people who have problems eating or drinking.
The Speech and Language Therapist will develop a programme of work together with the child or young person, family, Early Years/School teaching staff and Specialist Teaching Service. Working in partnership with parents and staff is crucial for effective working at home and within the child/young person’s daily communication environment.
We will offer training and advice for some children and individual or group therapy to others. This relates directly to the nature of the communication difficulty and the outcome of assessment for the child/young person.
Communication is directly impacted on by environment! Speech and Language Therapists will often identify aspects of the child’s environment [physical and social] which require adjustment before therapy can be effective.
“I really like your style of working with him. He loves coming to see you and I feel like I now know what I should be doing at home.”
“Just wanted to say a big thank you. My child has come on leaps and bounds with you and I am so proud and pleased how far he has come and it’s all down to your help. Thank you so much.”
“Thank you for all your specialist input. It has been fantastic!”
You can go to our Parents and Schools and Early Years Settings pages for information on the specific communication areas we work on. In addition you can use the Communication Carousel to find more information about Speech and Language development in children and young people and related activities to support development.