Who does a speech and language therapist work with?
We work with children who may need help :
- Understanding what people say to them
- Listening and following instructions
- Playing and communicating with other children
- Eating and drinking
- Understanding their environment
- Saying sounds and talking clearly
- Using words in sentences
Who are we?
We have two main teams who work in the following areas:
The Assessment and Long-term Intervention Team (ALTI):
- Pre school
- Mainstream schools
- Special schools
The Assessment and Short-term Intervention Team (ASTI):
- Dysfluency (difficulty speaking fluently)
How do we work?
If your child needs to be seen by Speech and Language Therapy, they can be referred using an Early Help form by:
- Health Visitors
- Paediatricians (Children’s Doctor)
- Child Health Practitioners
- SEN Link Workers (Children’s Centres)
- Schools and Nurseries
- Educational Psychologists
If the referral is appropriate, the speech and language therapist will assess the child/young person to decide on their strengths and needs. The therapist will sometimes use a formal standardised assessment but may also use informal assessments, for example observation, to help decide the best way to support and develop the child/young person’s communications skills.
They may then provide advice, intervention and/or training if this is seen to be appropriate. The speech and language therapist may work closely with parents/ carers/ teaching staff, discussing the child’s needs and provide coaching on ways to practise activities at home/school.
The speech and language therapist will work collaboratively with other professions including teachers, support assistants, nursery staff or others who the child has regular contact or support from. The therapist will discuss the child/ young person’s needs to help others understand the nature of the difficulties and provide them with ideas and strategies to help promote and maximise his/ her communication skills.