Speech and Language Therapy
We support children and young people to understand what is being said to them, express themselves and produce the sounds needed for clear speech. In some cases, speech and language therapists also work to help children with their eating and drinking.
We can also help with social communication skills and interacting with others, as well as specific conditions such as stammering or hearing impairment.
Visit our communication and hearing pages to find advice and strategies to support your child.
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We support children and young people whose difficulties are impacting on their everyday life.
They may find it difficult to:
- Communicate their wants, needs, ideas and opinions
- Understand language eg following instructions and answering questions
- Speak clearly
- Have meaningful interactions with others
- Speak fluently (without stammering/stuttering)
- Eat and/or drink
Please check that all the strategies relating to the difficulties your child or young person is currently experiencing in our Health and Development area. If you have tried these and you still have concerns please contact us as below.
If you have a Berkshire GP, you can:
- Attend our early years online language development workshops. These are run by Speech and Language Therapists to provide you with everyday strategies you can use. There is also an interactive question and answer session. Sign up for these here.
- Look on our advice pages. Here you will find all sorts of advice on many different issues that might affect your child’s communication.
- Call us and speak to a Speech and Language Therapist to discuss your child’s communication. Starting Tuesday 9 January 2024 you will be able to call and chat to a Speech and Language Therapist. Our phone lines will be open from 9am-3.30pm on a Tuesday and Thursday. Many issues can be helped by talking, so let’s talk! Call us on: 0118 9043700
As of 22 December 2023 the online referral form will no longer be needed to access Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service. Therefore please do not complete a referral form, instead we encourage you to contact our enquiries line to discuss your concerns with a Speech and Language Therapist when the lines open from the 9 January 2024.
If you require additional support to make a phone call, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending school in Berkshire
We work with school staff and families to support children and young people that attend schools across Berkshire.
If your child attends a mainstream or special school in Berkshire and you have concerns about their communication, please speak to their teacher or the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). They will be abe to discuss your child with a member of the School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy team.
Living in Slough
Referral to the school-age service in Slough can only be made by Slough Borough Council for children that have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. 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.
Home educated or attending an independent school
If your child is home educated or attends an independent school you will need to complete an online referral form (opens in new window).
Specialist services: Eating, Drinking and Swallowing team
If your child is not yet in school and you have concerns about their eating, drinking and swallowing, please speak to your health visitor first, and also visit our advice pages on food textures and finger feeding.
If you continue to have concerns eg your child is losing weight, has repeated chest infections, refuses certain food textures, is coughing/gagging on food and/or drink, ask your health visitor or doctor for help to refer to the Eating, Drinking and Swallowing team.
If your chid is school-aged, please discuss any concerns regarding their eating, drinking or swallowing skills with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at their school or complete an online referral form (opens in new window).
Specialist services: Speech and Language Therapy for Deaf Children
If your child has a permanent hearing loss and hearing or communication is their primary need, then your child may be referred to this team, often in consultation with your audiologist or teacher of the deaf.
Our Early Years team are pleased to offer monthly online workshops covering early language development. They are designed for parents and carers and those working within early years settings.
If your child/young person is already known to our service and you have a query, concern, or need advice, or you need to cancel/re-arrange a scheduled appointment, please call your local administration team:
- Bracknell, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead: 0300 365 0123 (option 2)
- Reading: 0300 365 4000 (option 1)
- Wokingham: 0300 365 4000 (option 3)
- Newbury: 0300 365 4000 (option 2)
Please provide your child’s name and date of birth or NHS number so that we can access your child’s records, along with the best telephone number to contact you on. It is also helpful if you can let us know the best day(s) to contact you. We aim for all families to be called back by a speech and language therapist within a few weeks, but it can take longer if lots of requests have been received.
If your child is not known to the service and you would like some advice from your local early years’ speech and language therapy team (for pre-school children), please contact our triage team for advice and support on 0118 9043700 between 9am-3.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Speech and Language UK
Words for Life
British Stammering Association
Hungry Little Minds
Phone: Slough, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead: 0300 3650123, Reading, Newbury, Wokingham: 0300 3654000
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