Communication is vital to social, emotional and educational development. Communication enables children to develop friendships, develop their knowledge of the world as well as communicating feelings and ideas.
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Department provides a citywide service to children and young people with communication difficulties. We are there to:
- Work with the child individually or in groups, dependent upon their needs.
- Support parents or school staff where there is a need to communicate more effectively with children, by helping them to adapt the way in which they give information.
The citywide Service is clinically led by the Professional Clinical Lead for Speech and Language Therapy. Some Speech and Language Therapists hold specialist clinical roles providing additional support/knowledge to ensure a quality service. Speech and Language Therapy Assistants and administrative staff are an integral part of our team. We employ staff members who are able to communicate with families in a range of community languages e.g. Punjabi, Pushto, to ensure equitable access to our service.
Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants see children within Health Centres, Nurseries, Schools, Child Development Centres, Children's Centres and homes.
We have a close working relationship with Education and Social Care and link with colleagues from a range of agencies in order to provide responsive and effective support for children.