Speech and Language Therapy
Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service.
Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
Our speech and language therapy team supports children and young people with speech, language or communication difficulties. We also work with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.
We support children and young people who find it difficult to produce the sounds needed for clear speech, understand what’s being said to them, or express themselves using appropriate words and sentences. We also help them with social communication skills and interacting with others, as well as specific conditions such as stammering or hearing impairment.
We help them develop the skills they need to learn, play and socialise with others, and express their wants, needs and thoughts.
Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.
Until further notice, we’re stopping all non urgent face to face appointments. We may offer some appointments over the phone or by video consultation. A member of the team will contact you to decide on the right arrangements for you. There is no need to contact us.
All speech and language therapy drop-in clinics have been suspended across Berkshire until further notice.
If you were intending to come along to a Speech and Language Therapy Drop-in clinic during this time as you have a concern or need advice and would like to speak to a speech and language therapist, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Slough – CYPIT.ADMINSLWAM@berkshire.nhs.uk
Reading – CYPIT.ADMINREADING@berkshire.nhs.uk
West Berkshire (Newbury) – CYPIT.ADMINNEWBURY@berkshire.nhs.uk
Optimum speech and language development has a positive effect on your child’s education, behaviour and ability to socialise so we work together with families, education staff and other professionals to achieve positive outcomes. We do this by working towards agreed goals that are functional, meaningful and important for your child.
We do this by:
- Providing training and advice for parents, carers and other individuals (such as education staff) to support your child
- Providing approaches and activities to be carried out by various people to support your child in different environments
- Providing advice and recommendations for specialist equipment such as communication aids when needed
- Contributing to Educational Healthcare plans and transition planning
- Providing direct therapy with your child individually or in a group when needed.
We work closely with you, your family, education staff and a range of professionals to help your child achieve the goals we’ve agreed with you.
To access our service, please attend a drop-in clinic (details below) where the child can be assessed and a referral made if necessary. For advice and strategies, and to gauge whether to attend a drop in clinic, please contact the Health Hub. There are no drop in clinics in Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead so please call the Health Hub for advice on whether an online referral should be made.
We work with school staff and families to give speech, language and communication support to children and young people attending mainstream schools across Berkshire from their entry into reception until they leave secondary school.
In Slough we offer this service to children and young people attending a mainstream school as long as they have an Education Health and Care Plan. Referral to the service in Slough can currently only be made by Slough Borough Council. Please discuss any concerns regarding your child’s speech, language or communication skills with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at your child’s school.
We start by talking to you and your child’s teachers about concerns they might have about speech and language development, and the impact these difficulties have at home and school.
The support we offer might include:
- Training and advice for school staff in how to spot when your child needs support, and the best ways to help them use their communication skills well to learn
- Setting targets with parents/carers and school staff to make sure your child gets the best outcome
- Designing programmes of activities.
We might also provide support to your child in small groups, in pairs or on a one-to-one basis.
If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language skills, please speak to their teacher or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). They’ll then discuss this with the speech and language therapist who visits your child’s school.
The exceptions to this are if your child is home educated or attending an independent school when you will need to complete an on-line referral form.
Please check our Support and Advice area of this website for any relevant self help techniques.
If you still wish to make a referral, please read the referral criteria so that we can ensure your enquiry is directed to the right area and follow the directions on this page.
If your referral is urgent, please call our HealthHub on 0300 365 1234.