Children’s Speech & Language Therapy

Introduction

We offer a package of speech and language therapy support for children of pre-school and primary-school age who have:

  • Speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • Autistic-spectrum disorders.
  • Hearing impairment.
  • Disorders of fluency, such as stammering and stuttering.
  • Disorders of feeding, eating or drinking.
  • Cleft palate and velopharyngeal abnormalities.
  • Speech and language difficulties of neurological origin.
  • Difficulties with voice.
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Our Speech and Language Therapists can:

  • Assess speech, language and communication development, skills and difficulties.
  • Assess eating and drinking difficulties.
  • Make a diagnosis.
  • Develop an intervention plan and work with families and carers to implement it.
  • Decide when treatment is complete and the child can be discharged.
  • Support onward referrals as necessary

Our team

Our team includes qualified Speech and Language Therapists, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, specialist nursery nurses and volunteers.

Where you can Find Us

We provide our service at these locations:

  • Burnham Clinic
  • Livewell Hub, Braintree
  • Stapleford House
  • Crouch Vale Medical Centre
  • St Peter’s Hospital, Main Building, Maldon
  • Witham Health Centre
  • Halstead Hospital

Plus:

  • Three special schools
  • Five speech and language centres/enhanced provisions
  • Three enhanced provisions for children with hearing impairment
  • Mainstream schools and numerous mainstream early years settings, such as pre-schools and nurseries.

We book appointments Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.

This is subject to change at short notice.

How to refer to the Children’s Speech and Language team

  • If your child is above the age of 1 and have eating and/or drinking difficulties you can phone the Care Coordination Centre or they can be referred by their school, nursery, health visitor, social care or GP.
  • School aged children (Year 1-6) are referred by their school, please see the information below for the referral form and Information pack.
  • Children with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) whose specified therapy is over and above the core provision commissioned by health are seen by the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) team.
  • We do not currently provide a service for secondary aged children, unless they attend a special school.
  • For children aged 2 up to the end of reception year with a mid-Essex GP, you can book a Communication Station appointment without needing to complete a referral. Please call 0300 303 9960 between 8-8:30 on the day of the Communication Station to get a booked appointment for the same day. Details of dates and locations can be found below. If translation services are required, if there are safeguarding concerns for a child or if you are unable to attend a Communication Station by booking on the day then a pre-booked Communication Station slot can be arranged by completing a referral form and contacting the care co-ordination centre on provide.ccc@nullnhs.net.
  • If you are unable to attend a Communication Station and you require a pre-booked appointment, please complete a referral form. Click the writing to download a form. Please state on the form that you require a pre-booked appointment. There is an up to 18 week wait for pre-booked appointments.

Upcoming Communication Station dates and locations:

Communication Stations are 15 minute appointments that involve meeting a Speech and Language Therapist to assess or review your child’s speech, language and communication through listening to your current concerns, observation and play. We will then offer advice and ensure that your child is put on the correct care pathway.

 

Crouch Vale Medical Centre Burnham Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5QP

Wednesday 17 April AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 17.04.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Monday 13 May AM & PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 13.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Wednesday 19 June AM & PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 19.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

St Peters Hospital Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) Spital Road, Maldon CM9 6EG

Thursday 25 April AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 25.04.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Thursday 23 May AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 23.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Thursday 27 June AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 27.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Stapleford House Children’s Centre 103 Stapleford Close, Chelmsford CM2 0QX

Monday 15 April AM & PM please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 15.04.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Wednesday 15 May AM & PM please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 15.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Monday 17 June AM & PM please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 17.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Tanglewood nursery school Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford CM1 2DX

Monday 24 June PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 24.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Woodcroft nursery school Dorset Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 9UB

Thursday 9 May AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 09.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Great Totham Primary school Walden House Rd, Great Totham, Maldon CM9 8PN

Tuesday 21 May AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 21.5.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Witham Health Centre 4 Mayland Road, Witham CM8 2UX

Tuesday 7 May AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 07.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Tuesday 11 June AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 11.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Livewell Hub, Victoria Square, Manor Street, Braintree, CM7 3YL

Friday 19 April AM & PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 19.04.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Friday 17 May AM & PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 17.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Friday 21 June AM & PM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 21.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

 

Halstead Hospital Rehabilitation Unit 78 Hedingham Rd, Halstead CO9 2DL.

Friday 3 May AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 03.05.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

Friday 7 June AM – please call 0300 303 9960 8-8:30am on 07.06.24 to book an appointment. Please have your child’s NHS number ready.

 

Referral for children in Mainstream Schools

We accept referrals for:

Children in years 1-6 with speech, language and communication needs.

  • All children presenting with stammering/stuttering should be referred at the earliest opportunity.
  • Children who may have Selective Mutism should be referred if they continue to find it difficult to use their speech with a range of people in school, after one term.
  • Children with voice difficulties should be directed to the GP to request that they are referred to ENT and Adult speech and language therapy.
  • Please see above for referring children who have swallowing (dysphagia) needs.

School aged children (Year 1-6) are referred by their school, please view our referral form below.  

For Parents: School settings are skilled at supporting children with speech, language or communication difficulties. They have a range of resources and expertise available to them to support all children with their communication.  If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication development please first discuss these with your child’s teacher or SENCo; there will be support and advice they can offer for you and your child, to support their progress.

For Schools: If you feel that a child requires specialist speech and language input, having already provided school-based support for a minimum of one term, please refer to us.

For GPs or other professionals: If making a referral in discussion with family, please fill in our referral form below, indicating parental consent for us to liaise with the school SENCO as the first step in understanding the needs of the child

How to make a referral:

1) Carry out interventions that provide a targeted level of support with the pupil for a minimum of one term e.g. One plan, specific interventions to support language that are already available to you as a school.

2) If concerns persist, please fill out our referral form in full with the child’s parents/guardians, indicating parental consent for the referral and for us to liaise with you as SENCO if needed, via our Telephone Referral Advice line.

3) Send the referral form to the Provide Care Co-ordination Centre as directed on the form.

4) Please note that calls with SENCOs for new referrals via our Telephone Advice Line are now optional when making a referral. If you would like to discuss the referral you have made, please e-mail PROVIDE.sltadvice@nullnhs.net. A link will be sent to you so that you can book a telephone appointment to discuss the child’s needs with a speech and language therapist as a first step. On receipt of your referral, we may wish to discuss this with you, and will contact you when this is the case.

Contact Children’s Speech and Language

Email – provide.childrenSLT@nullnhs.net

Please note: Our email accounts are not secure so we ask that you do not include confidential information within the email.

Please also contact the CCC by calling 0300 1310 111, please select option 5 followed by option 1.

Useful contacts:

Related categories:

Hearing

Communication

School

Eating & Drinking

Behaviour