Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy helps people manage disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing. The NHS children’s service works with people aged up to 19 years.
Children’s speech and language therapists work with parents/carers and other professionals to assess a child’s speech, language and communication needs and/or eating and drinking difficulties. The therapist will consider the difficulties the child has and the impact these will have on his/her life. If appropriate the therapist will decide how the child can be helped to reach their full communication potential.
Speech and Language therapists work with children in a variety of locations including children's centres, clinics, special schools, mainstream schools, hospitals and pre-school settings.
Speech and language therapists can advise and help develop the following:
- Attention and listening
- Play skills
- Understanding and using spoken language
- Recognising and producing speech sounds
- Using language socially
- Other ways of communicating, e.g. using signing and symbols
- Voice production
- Fluency / stammering
If your child has a difficulty with speech and language we will work with the speech and language therapist to ensure our support in school is in line with their advice.
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