Speech and Language Therapy

The Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service provides assessment, therapy and advice to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

Who do we work with?

We assess and treat children who require support with:

- Attention and listening
- Play
- Social Communication
- Language - click here for our page on Developing language, which includes lots of resources as part of our Face2Face campaign to help language development
- Speech (Pronunciation of sounds)
- Hearing Loss
- Complex needs – where more than one service is supporting your child.
- Fluency
- Feeding and Swallowing

Where do we work?

- Community Clinics
- Patient’s Homes
- Mainstream Schools
- Special Schools
- Specialist Centres within Mainstream Schools
- HI Specialist Centres

For any queries, questions and/or information regarding our service, please email CSH Surrey's Clinical Navigator for Children & Families on CSH.childrensclinicalnavigator@nhs.net. They can help guide parents/carers through the therapy pathway, investigate progress of referrals, signpost families to local and condition-specific support services, and answer questions about our services.

 For tips, links to videos/other resources and to connect with other families, follow CSH Surrey's Paediatric Therapies service on Twitter: @CSHpaedtherapy

"We feel more confident with helping our son to improve on his speech, which is improving every day and that's because of the SLT work."

Parent, after attending Speech and Language Therapy sessions

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Pre-school children

Following referral, children are placed on a waiting list. At the first appointment, the assessment session may be quite informal. We will need to discuss various aspects of your child’s development, and we advise you bring along your child's Personal Health Record (the 'red book') containing ages your baby first sat, walked, talked etc.

The Speech and Language Therapist will assess your child and discuss any concerns you may have. Following this, a plan will be created with you regarding the ‘next steps’ for your child.

The possible outcomes of the appointment will be:

- An offer of group or individual therapy
- Individualised targets will be set and reviewed within an agreed time frame
- Transfer to a more appropriate department within the Speech and Language Therapy Service
- Referrals on to other healthcare providers if required
- Discharge from the service if we have no further concerns

See 'useful links' below for further advice and information.

To contact the early years speech and language therapy service, please ring 01372 384 305.

Language development 

One in four children in England now starts school without the language and communication skills they need. Research also shows that by the time a child is five, their vocabulary will predict their future educational success.

To expand your child's vocabulary and to give them the best chance to succeed at school, visit the information and resources on our 'Developing language' web page: our Face2Face campaign offers access to more than 50 ideas sheets and an 'expanding language' video to get you started.

Mainstream schools

Following referral, children are assessed in school by the school's allocated Speech and Language Therapist. The Therapist will liaise with those working with the child in school.

The Mainstream Schools Speech and Language Therapy Service:

- Carry out an initial assessment
- Provide a report following assessment
- Liaise with the team around the child
- Provide advice to Parents and Professionals working with the child
- Provide an individualised programme with measurable targets
- Model therapy techniques and programmes
- Provide resources for implementation
- Review targets set and provide outcomes
- Make referrals to other services
- Provides training to schools

To contact the mainstream speech and language therapy service, please ring 01372 384 394.

Special schools

CSH Surrey's Speech and Language Therapists work within four special schools: Linden Bridge, West HillWoodlands and Starhurst. All children in special educational placements have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Children needing speech and language therapy will be assessed in their educational placement and their therapy provided in partnership with the school as part of the curriculum.

To contact the Special School Speech and Language Therapy Team, please contact the individual schools directly.

Specialist centres within mainstream schools

The Specialist Centre provides a small group setting for children with severe speech and language and communication disorders. Children receive a high level of Speech and Language Therapy closely co-ordinated with their education. The children are based in the Centre and integrate into mainstream classes with support.

The Specialist Centres Speech and Language Therapy Service:

- Make on-going observation and assessment of each child’s development
- Liaise closely with Centre Staff to provide individual therapy plans in co-ordination with education plans following a child centered therapy programme
- Liaise with parents, and relevant professionals on a regular basis
- Provide information for Individual Education Plans and Annual Reviews
- Provide and take part in training
- Provide a programme of therapy according to the child's needs
- Provide and take part in training

To contact the Specialist Centres Speech and Language Therapy Team, please contact the individual schools directly.

HI Specialist Centres

The Mead Infant School

Auriol Junior School

Epsom and Ewell High School

Specialist Centres for Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN)

West Ewell Infant School

Leatherhead Trinity Primary School

Cuddington Community Primary School

Eastwick Infant School

Eastwick Junior School

Therfield Secondary School

Specialist Centres for Children with Learning and Additional Needs (LAN)

Oakfield Junior School

Thames Ditton Junior School