Referral to Speech and Language Therapy

Referral to speech and language therapy

If your child is not yet at school you can come to one of our 'Drop-Ins'. See below for further information about drop-ins. (click here for dates and locations)  

If your child is at school then you can talk to their teacher and ask about referral or ring us on 01223 218063 and we will advise you what to do.

Speech and language therapy Clinic Drop-ins: Information for Families

What is a speech and language therapy drop-in?


Speech and language therapy drop-ins give you an opportunity to come to one of our clinics to discuss your child’s speech, language and communication.  The therapist will talk through your concerns with you, and carry out a brief and simple assessment with your child; you can then make decisions together about whether a full assessment or therapy is appropriate.

Who can go to a drop-in?

Anyone who has concerns about their child’s speech, language and communication can come along. Sometimes parents and carers are advised by a professional to visit a drop-in, e.g. Health Visitor, G.P., Nursery/Playgroup staff.

Do I wait to receive an appointment letter?

No, just drop-in! When you arrive you will be advised about how many families are there and when you are likely to be seen. We may suggest that you come back a little later if there is a wait. Appointments last no more than 20 minutes.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your child and this leaflet and any letters/reports from professionals that you think may be relevant. You might want to bring your ‘red book’ as a reminder about dates (and that’s where you can find your NHS number).

What will happen when I get there?

Our speech and language therapy assistant will greet you in the waiting area and ask you to fill in a form with your child’s details. She will be available to help you with any questions about the form. You will wait until it is your turn to see the therapist. 

Under exceptional circumstances, if there are too many children to be seen by the therapist in one session, parents will be given dates of future drop-ins and invited to return.

What will happen at the end of the appointment?

The therapist will talk through various options with you:

  • The therapist may reassure you that your child’s speech, language and communication skills are developing as expected for his or her age.
  • You may agree that therapy is not necessary at this stage, but you could come to another drop-in if you are still concerned in a few months’ time.
  • The therapist may want to carry out further assessments, and will offer you some dates for a full appointment. If none of these are convenient, you will be asked to phone in to arrange a date.         
  • If it is felt that your child will benefit from our therapy groups, the therapist will give you information and dates of parents’ meetings.
Click here for more information on speech and language therapy pathways.
                                                                                                     
Please phone our main office base on 01223 218063 if you have any queries or if you would like to talk about the dates of drop-ins in your area.
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If your child is not yet at school you can come to one of our 'Drop-Ins'. See below for further information about drop-ins.
(click here for dates and locations)  
If your child is at school then see our section on how to refer school-aged children.
You can also talk to your child's teacher and ask about referral or ring us on 01223 884494 and we will advise you what to do.
 

What is a speech and language therapy drop-in?
Speech and language therapy drop-ins give you an opportunity to come to one of our clinics to discuss your child’s speech, language and communication.  The therapist will talk through your concerns with you, and carry out a brief and simple assessment with your child; you can then make decisions together about whether a full assessment or therapy is appropriate.
 
Who can go to a drop-in?
Anyone who has concerns about their child’s speech, language and communication can come along. Sometimes parents and carers are advised by a professional to visit a drop-in, e.g. Health Visitor, G.P., Nursery/Playgroup staff.
 
Do I wait to receive an appointment letter?
No, just drop-in! When you arrive you will be advised about how many families are there and when you are likely to be seen. We may suggest that you come back a little later if there is a wait. Appointments last no more than 20 minutes.
 
What do I need to bring?
Bring your child and this leaflet and any letters/reports from professionals that you think may be relevant. You might want to bring your ‘red book’ as a reminder about dates (and that’s where you can find your NHS number).
 
What will happen when I get there?
Our speech and language therapy assistant will greet you in the waiting area and ask you to fill in a form with your child’s details. She will be available to help you with any questions about the form. You will wait until it is your turn to see the therapist. 
Under exceptional circumstances, if there are too many children to be seen by the therapist in one session, parents will be given dates of future drop-ins and invited to return.
 
What will happen at the end of the appointment?
The therapist will talk through various options with you:
a)     The therapist may reassure you that your child’s speech, language and communication skills are developing as expected for his or her age.
b)     You may agree that therapy is not necessary at this stage, but you could come to another drop-in if you are still concerned in a few months’ time.
c)      The therapist may want to carry out further assessments, and will offer you some dates for a full appointment. If none of these are convenient, you will be asked to phone in to arrange a date.           
d)     If it is felt that your child will benefit from our therapy groups, the therapist will give you information and dates of parents’ meetings.

Click here for more information on speech and language therapy pathways.
                                                                                                            
Please phone our main office base on 01223 884494 if you have any queries or if you would like to talk about the dates of drop-ins in your area.
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