Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Our Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service provide services to children and young people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We are a team of speech and language therapists and support workers who provide episodes of care to children and young people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We offer a range of services which we deliver in time – limited episodes of care.  We support children and young people who have difficulties with:

  • Speech, language and communication skills
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing skills

The service works closely with families, parents and carers to improve children and young people’s progress in these areas and to ensure that their potential for learning , social and emotional development is reached. When an episode of care with us ends, parents and carers may be given some strategies to support their child and can be referred back to us if further support is required.

We work in partnership with a range of other agencies and colleagues including schools, Early Years settings, children’s centres, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical teams and the voluntary sector.

How are we currently working?

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Referral criteria

Providing speech and language therapy across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

For children and young people aged 0-19 years we offer support with the following:

Communication difficulties, for example:

  • Speech sound difficulties, e.g. children whose speech is unclear/difficult to understand
  • Difficulties understanding spoken language
  • Difficulties using words and sentences
  • Voice difficulties
  • Stammering – a difficulty speaking fluently
  • Social interaction difficulties associated with other speech, language and communication needs.

Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, for example:

  • Evidence of regular coughing, spluttering, gagging or choking during meals
  • Sensory difficulties or feeding aversion with associated faltering growth

The service is not commissioned to provide a service for children or young person who:

  • Have speech, language and communication needs which could be met effectively within early year’s settings/school and/or by other agencies. The Speech & Language Therapy service will signpost other appropriate agencies and resources both within and external to LPT.
  • Have difficulties which lie in acquiring English as an additional language and are not present in their home language.
  • Have difficulties purely with attention/listening, memory, literacy, phonological awareness or has selective mutism but these are not associated with an underlying speech, language or communication difficulty.
  • Have limited food preferences but is otherwise healthy and growing well.
  • Have difficulty using utensils and feeding themselves.
  • Have been discharged within the last 6 months because no therapy was required and there has been no change in the child/young person’s circumstances/ no additional difficulties.

Criteria exclusion

Please see referral guidelines for more information.

How to access this service

If your child meets any of the above criteria then they can be referred to our service by –

What conditions do you cover

We will offer a speech and language therapy service to children and young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland:

For children and young people aged 0-19 years we offer support with the following:

Communication difficulties, for example:

  • Speech sound difficulties, e.g. children whose speech is unclear/difficult to understand
  • Difficulties understanding spoken language
  • Difficulties using words and sentences
  • Voice difficulties
  • Stammering – a difficulty speaking fluently
  • Social interaction difficulties associated with other speech, language and communication needs.

Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, for example:

  • Evidence of regular coughing, spluttering, gagging or choking during meals
  • Sensory difficulties or feeding aversion with associated faltering growth

Contact info

0116 295 5256

Referrals

  • education/teaching staff
  • healthcare professional
  • parent/carer
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