Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about speech, language and communication needs and accessing support for children and young people.
Get in touch with any other queries through the contact addresses here.
Conversations are a great way to support your child’s language and communication development.
Have a look at the videos and resources on the Communication Hub, where you can find information about:
Speak to your child in the language you feel strongest and most comfortable, whether this is English or your home language.
This will help your child to develop their understanding of language by giving them:
Learning English as a second language will not impact or cause language delays or disorders.
It can be easier to learn a second language if you child has a strong foundation in their home language.
Children develop their speech, language and communication skills at different rates.
Some children they will develop their skills as expected, others may take longer; and others may communicate using other styles of communication such as facial expressions, body movements and visuals.
Have a look at the typical development stages on the Communication Hub, to find out what is expected of your child at different ages.
If your child is between 0-5, you can refer to the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service.
If your child is school age (5-18), you can refer to the Education Speech and Language Therapy Service by asking your GP to refer to SLT.
The Schools Speech and Language Therapy Team use a Whole System Approach to make sure all children and young people with communication needs can access support in their everyday environment.
All schools have a named Speech and Language Therapist who provides termly support to help schools:
Some children and young people may need more specific advice or intervention from a Speech and Language Therapist and may access outcome focused blocks of support.
Once teachers and teaching assistants know how to use the right strategy for your child, they may not need further SLT.
Yes, therapists seeing your child 1:1 are more than happy for you to attend a therapy session to support your child at home. Depending on your child’s abilities and the nursery/school’s preference, this may be face to face, or virtual.
Please contact your child’s named SLT directly to arrange this or ask your child’s SENCo for support to contact them.
If your child is younger and attends nursery or requires a clinic appointment, nursery/school staff will be happy for you to bring your child along to speech and language therapy sessions in our clinic.
You can speak with your nursery or school SENCo to find out what support they provide to children in attendance at their nursery or school.
You can use the Bi-Borough Communication Hub website to find out further information, access resources and find out what events are available to you.
Not all children need to see a Speech and Language Therapist all of the time.
The Speech and Language Therapist might share information with you, your child and their nursery/school so that you have the knowledge and skills to use in their everyday environment.
Your child might be discharged (not have sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist) if: