Individuals experiencing difficulties or parent(s)/guardians with children with suspected speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) may wish to refer to their local speech and language therapy service. We regret that we cannot provide assessment and advice over e-mail. Please see below for guidance on how to access speech and language therapy services.
Children may be referred to the local speech and language therapist if a SLCN is suspected, providing there is permission from the parent(s) with parental responsibility. Parent(s)/guardians may refer directly to their local speech and language therapy service. Your GP, Health Visitor or Teacher may also be able to refer your child for an assessment. Before referring your child/a child you know, it is important that you consider if the child has an SLCN or has skills that are typical for a child of that age. This is especially true for speech sound development and language development. Please consult some of the resources on our Parents & Carer
Speech and language therapists working with children typically work in clinics, health centres, children’s centre (Sure Start), nurseries and schools. They may also work as part of multi-disciplinary teams such as Child development Units. Speech and language therapists working with feeding and swallowing may work in acute settings such as children’s wards in hospitals.
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Adults should contact their local speech and language therapy service or consult their GP.
Finding your local speech and language therapy service
Please be aware that as the NHS changes and speech and language therapy services are commissioned by different agencies, speech and language therapy services may be delivered in different ways according to where you live and what your needs are. Children’s and Adult’s services may be run separately and therapists may work as part of a team with other professionals.
To contact your local service, please contact your local NHS health care provider
or contact the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists