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. Our Complex Needs Team also work with babies and children with feeding and swallowing needs. We often work with parents, carers, health and education 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.