Who we are
The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy service helps children from 0-5 years old who may need some extra support in communicating their needs or being understood. We often work with parents, carers, nursery and school staff so that they can provide support and activities to help these children in all their environments. The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy team is staffed by qualified Speech and Language Therapists who are supported by Speech and Language Therapy assistants, a Bilingual co-worker and Patient Pathway Coordinators.
What we do?
Once we have received your referral and your child is accepted in to the service, we will contact you so that your child can be seen for an assessment (see ‘What to expect at your first appointment’). Following their assessment we may offer some individual or group therapy, a review appointment or your child’s case may be closed with a programme and / or advice.
Who do we see?
We see children who may present with any of the following conditions: difficulties with feeding and swallowing, complex needs (e.g. cerebral palsy, Down ’s Syndrome, epilepsy), language delay / disorder, developmental language disorder, speech sound difficulties, stammering, autism, hearing impairment and voice disorders. We may see children in clinic, in their homes, at nurseries / schools and children’s centres depending on the needs of the child and family. Some children may be seen up until 7 or 11 years old depending on their needs. Children need to be registered with a Newham GP to access the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy service.
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.
We are based at West Ham Lane Health Centre, Shrewsbury Road Health Centre, Appleby Health Centre and Joyce Campbell.
We may also see children at home and at nursery / school depending on the needs of the child and their family.
84 West Ham Lane, London E15 4PT