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Speech and Language Therapy

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.

COVID-19

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, and because we want to keep both our patients and staff as safe as possible, we have made the decision to suspend our face to face speech and language therapy drop in clinics in the Slough, Reading, Wokingham and Newbury areas.

If you would like any advice or wish to speak to a speech and language therapist, please send us an email to the email address below and we will get back to you as soon as we can:

Slough – CYPIT.ADMINSLWAM@berkshire.nhs.uk

Wokingham/Bracknell– CYPIT.ADMINBRWOK@berkshire.nhs.uk

Reading – CYPIT.ADMINREADING@berkshire.nhs.uk

West Berkshire (Newbury) – CYPIT.ADMINNEWBURY@berkshire.nhs.uk

If you would like any more general advice about how to look after yourselves and your family, please go to the NHS England website or visit Gov.uk.

 

Please follow Government advice published at http://nhs.uk/coronavirus 

Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.

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).

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.

Our speech and language therapy drop-in clinics are for newborns up till they start at school.

Your visit will include:

  • Talking about your concerns with a speech and language therapist.
  • A short assessment of your child’s speech and language skills, which the therapist will do by watching your child play, and joining in.
  • Advice on how to support your child in developing their speech, language and communication skills.

Please note:

  • You do not need a referral to attend these drop in clinics.
  • Children are seen on a first come first served basis and if the clinic is full we will ask you to return on a different day.

What happens after the visit?

  • You might be given advice or specific activities to try at home, and asked to come back to us if you have further concerns.
  • Your child might be offered another assessment.
  • We’ll arrange further support for your child if needed.

If you can’t bring your child to the clinic, and another family member or early years practitioner needs to take them, we’ll need your written consent beforehand. If this is the case, please contact us at Bks-tr.CYPITTriage@nhs.net and we’ll send you the right forms.

COVID-19

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, and because we want to keep both our patients and staff as safe as possible, we have made the decision to suspend our face to face speech and language therapy drop in clinics in the Slough, Reading, Wokingham and Newbury areas. 

If you would like any advice or wish to speak to a speech and language therapist, please send us an email to the email address below and we will get back to you as soon as we can:

Slough – CYPIT.ADMINSLWAM@berkshire.nhs.uk

Wokingham/Bracknell– CYPIT.ADMINBRWOK@berkshire.nhs.uk

Reading – CYPIT.ADMINREADING@berkshire.nhs.uk

West Berkshire (Newbury) – CYPIT.ADMINNEWBURY@berkshire.nhs.uk

If you would like any more general advice about how to look after yourselves and your family, please go to the NHS England website or visit Gov.uk.

Our speech and language therapy drop-in clinics are for newborns up till they finish at nursery.

Skimped Hill Health Centre

Skimped Hill Lane
Bracknell
RG12 1LH

First Wednesday of each month, 9-11am

The Willows and Maples Children’s Centre

Court Road
Priestwood
Bracknell
RG42 1TU

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-11am

The Rowans Children’s Centre

Fox Hill School
Pondmoor Road
Easthampstead
Bracknell
RG12 7JZ

First Thursday of each month, 9-11am

The Oaks Children’s Centre

Great Hollands School
Wordsworth
Bracknell
RG12 8QN

Second Thursday of each month, 9-11.am

The Alders Children’s Centre

College Town School
Branksome Hill Road
Sandhurst
GU47 0QE

Third Thursday of each month, 9-11am

The Parks Community Centre

8-10 Nicolson Park, The Parks,
Bracknell
RG12 9QN

Fourth Thursday of each month, term-time only, 9-11am             

Unfortunately, we don't have drop-in clinics available in Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead. Please use our online referral form to refer pre-school aged children in this area. 

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.

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