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Speech and Language Therapy

Our speech and language therapy team supports children and young people with speech, language or communication difficulties. We also work with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.   

Visit our health and development pages to find advice and techniques to support your child.

 

We support children and young people who find it difficult to produce the sounds needed for clear speech, understand what’s being said to them, or express themselves using appropriate words and sentences. We also help them with social communication skills and interacting with others, as well as specific conditions such as stammering or hearing impairment.

We help them develop the skills they need to learn, play and socialise with others, and express their wants, needs and thoughts.

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.

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

In Slough we offer this service to children and young people attending a mainstream school as long as they have an Education Health and Care Plan. 

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 have a scheduled appointment with one of our teams and either you or a member of your family have symptoms of Covid-19, please call to reschedule your appointment on one of the contact numbers in the Contact Us section. 

Attending school in Berkshire

If your child is attending a mainstream school in Berkshire, please speak to their teacher or school Special Educational Needs Coordinator who will liaise directly with the visiting speech and language therapist to make the referral. 

Living in Slough

Referral to the service in Slough can only be made by Slough Borough Council for children that have an Education and Healthcare 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.

Preschoolers

If your child is not yet in school and you have concerns about their eating and drinking difficulties, please speak to your health visitor first, and visit our advice pages on food textures and finger feeding

If you continue to have concerns eg your child is losing weight, refusing certain food textures, is coughing/gagging on food and/or drink, or having difficulty swallowing food and/or drink, and you feel this needs further assessment, ask your health visitor or doctor for help to refer to our service. 

Home educated or attending an independent school

If your child is home educated or attending an independent school you will need to complete an online referral form

 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:

  • East Berkshire (Slough, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead): 0300 365 0123Option 2
  • Reading:                                      0300 3654000
  • Wokingham:                                01189 495093
  • West Berkshire (Newbury):       01635 273706 

If you would like some advice from your local early years’ speech and language therapy team (for pre-school children), you can also email the team: 

Please include your child’s name and date of birth or NHS number in the email 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.

Phone: Slough, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead: 0300 365 0123 (Option 2); Reading: 0300 3654000, Wokingham: 01189 495093, Newbury: 01635 273706

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