Referrals for Early Years Speech and Language Therapy are accepted from parents / carers, GPs, nurseries / schools and other healthcare professionals. We have a standard referral form which will provide us with the information we need to decide how it is best to help the child. These referrals can be posted or emailed directly to our service.
You can phone us on 020 8586 6380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please return your completed form and any relevant reports to:
West Ham Lane Health Centre
84 West Ham Lane
Once we have received your referral and your child is accepted in to the service, we will send you a letter asking you to contact the department so that we can arrange an appointment for you over the phone. Once we have arranged the appointment with you, you will be sent a confirmation letter or a text. If you need to bring anything to the appointment, this will be outlined on your letter.
At the assessment session, we will spend some time asking you about your child’s development and then ask you about your concerns. We will either observe your child playing, play with them ourselves or ask you to play with them. This is to enable your child to feel as relaxed as possible through play so that we can assess their play, understanding and talking. Sometimes we may assess your child using a more formal assessment depending on their age. The Speech and Language Therapist will then advise you on ways you can help your child at home and discuss the next steps. A report will be written and sent to you as well as to any other professionals involved in your child’s care.
If they are coming for a feeding assessment, we will spend time asking about your child’s eating and drinking history, their medical history, and find out what they are currently having difficulty with. We will observe them eating and drinking. You will be required to bring food and drink for your child. This may include things they regularly eat or drink but also things they have difficulty with. We ask that families bring from home all the utensils, food, drink, and seat if specified by your Speech and Language Therapist so that we can attempt to recreate a natural setting for your child.
The Speech and Language Therapist will advise on strategies to use at home and may make modifications to the utensils, bottle, food and/or drink to help your child. A report will be written and sent to you as well as to any other professionals involved in your child’s care.