Speech and Language Therapy

We work with children who have difficulties with speech, language or communication and, in some cases, with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.

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.

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

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.

We work with school staff and families to give speech, language and communication support to children and young people attending mainstream schools across Berkshire (except in Slough) from their entry into reception until they leave secondary 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.

For new referrals that do not come under our speech and language pre school drop in service or speech and language mainstream school service please contact our Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) HealthHub:

Complete our online referral form

If your referral is urgent, please phone 0300 365 1234.

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 morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

The Willows and Maples Children’s Centre

Court Road
Priestwood
Bracknell
RG42 1TU

Every Wednesday morning (except for the first week of each month), 9am - 11.30am

The Rowans Children’s Centre

Fox Hill School
Pondmoor Road
Easthampstead
Bracknell
RG12 7JZ

First Thursday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

The Oaks Children’s Centre

Great Hollands School
Wordsworth
Bracknell
RG12 8QN

Second Thursday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

The Alders Children’s Centre

College Town School
Branksome Hill Road
Sandhurst
GU47 0QE

Third Thursday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

Crown Wood Community Centre

Opladen Way
Bracknell
RG12 0PE

Fourth Thursday morning of each month, 9.15am - 11.30am

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

Caversham Children's Centre

Amersham Road
Reading
RG4 5NA

Every other Tuesday Morning, 9am - 11.30am

Whitley Health and Social Services Centre

Northumberland Avenue
Whitley
Reading
RG2 7PJ

First Friday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

Surestart Whitley Children's Centre

252 Northumberland Avenue
Reading
RG2 7QA

Second Tuesday afternoon of each month, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Katesgrove Children’s centre

Elgar Road (Off Berkeley Avenue)
Reading
RG2 0BN

Second Wednesday morning each month, 9am - 11.30am

Sun Street Community Centre

Sun Street
Reading
RG1 3JX

First Tuesday morning of each month, 9.30am to 12pm

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

Southcote Children’s Centre

85 Coronation Square
Reading
RG30 3QP

Fourth Wednesday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

Coley Children’s Centre

St. Mary and All Saints School
Wensley Road
Reading
RG1 6DU

Third Thursday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

Ranikhet Children’s Centre

Spey Road
Tilehurst, Reading
RG30 4ED

First and third Monday afternoon of each month, 1pm - 3.30pm

Battle Library

420 Oxford Road
Reading
RG30 1EE

First and third Wednesday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

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

Romsey Close Children’s Centre

Romsey Close
Slough
SL3 8PE

Every Monday morning, 9am - 11.30am

Penn Road Children’s Centre

Penn Road
Slough
SL2 1PG

First Tuesday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

Monksfield Way Children’s Centre

Monksfield Way
Slough
SL2 1QX

First Tuesday afternoon of each month, 1pm - 3.30pm

Yew Tree Road Children’s Centre

Yew Tree Road
Slough
SL1 2AR

Every Wednesday morning, 9am - 11.30am

Chalvey Grove Children’s Centre

Chalvey Grove
Slough
SL1 2TE

Every Friday morning, 9am - 11.30am

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

Burghfield Methodist Church

Reading Road
Burghfield Common
RG7 3QA

Fourth Tuesday of every other month (from September 2017), 9am - 11.30am

Compton Village Hall

Burrell Road
Compton
RG20 6NP

Fourth Thursday of each month, 9.15am - 11.00am

East Family Wellbeing Hub

Curtis Road
Calcot
Reading
RG31 4XG

Second Monday morning of each month, 9.30am - 12.00pm

Hungerford Community Clinic

The Croft
West Berkshire
RG17 0HY

First Wednesday of every other month (from November 2017), 9.30am - 11.00am

The British Legion

Upper Lambourn Road
Lambourn
Hungerford
RG17 8QD

First Wednesday of every other month (from October 2017), 9.30am - 11.00am

Central Family Wellbeing Hub

Park Lane
West Berkshire
RG18 3PG

First and third Tuesday morning of each month, 9.15am - 11.45am

West Family Wellbeing Hub

Victoria Park Nursery School
Lime View
Newbury
RG14 1EH

First and third Friday morning of each month, 9am - 11.30am

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. 

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

The Ambleside Children’s Centre

Ambleside Close
Woodley
RG5 4JJ

Every Tuesday morning from 6 October, 9.30am - 11am

Brambles Children’s Centre

Budges Gardens
Wokingham
RG40 1PX

Every Tuesday morning from 6 October, 9.30am - 11am

Winnersh Children’s Centre

Rainbow Community Centre
Rainbow Park
Wokingham
RG41 5SG

Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6 October, 1pm - 2.30pm

The Red Kite Children’s Centre

Chestnut Cres
Shinfield
RG2 9EJ

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 October, 1pm - 2.30pm

Finchampstead Children’s Centre

Finchampstead Baptist Church
Gorse Ride North
Wokingham
RG40 4ES

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6 October, 1pm - 2.30pm

The Starlings Children’s Centre

Collecton Drive
Twyford
RG10 0AX

Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6 October, 1pm - 2.30pm

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