Children's Speech and Language Therapy North Somerset
The aim of the service is to provide assessment, diagnosis, interventions and advice to children with speech and language difficulties, so that they can reach their communication potential.
We have a service for children with swallowing problems. This service is only offered when a child has been weaned. Children accessing this support need to have significant physical and/or learning difficulties.
We offer a wide range of services appropriate to the needs of the children referred:
- Individual assessment
- Personalised intervention programmes
- Individual therapy pathways
- Advice, support and strategy plans
All of the above are carried out with a wide range of people, parents, carers, support workers, teachers and other professional colleagues.
Every year we have approximately 550 new referrals, additional to the current 680 children on our caseload.
Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Telephone Advice Line
The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy service are running a pilot project until 31st May 2021 offering telephone advice appointments for parents and carers who have concerns about their child’s speech, language and communication development. This service is similar to the Drop In service offered in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and the service previously offered at Children’s Centres in North Somerset.
This service will be offered to parents/carers of children currently on the waiting list and new referrals accepted between January 1st and March 10th 2021.
Telephone Drop In Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Friday, 09:00 - 14:30. You'll get the opportunity to chat to one of our Speech and Language Therapists about your child's speech, language and communication.
To book an appointment, please ring 0300 125 6710 on a Monday, between 09:00 - 15:30.
How we can help
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team aims to identify children with communication difficulties as early as possible. The potential long term difficulties and effects on social, emotional and educational development can be reduced by working with parents, carers, children and others.
After assessment the level of service provided will depend on the following factors:
- Severity of the problem and its impact on the child. We use a national outcome measure to monitor our effectiveness.
- Level of carer support
- Potential value of different types of therapy based on research and the evidence base
- The amount of speech and language therapy resource available
Who we help
The children who we see could have:
- Language difficulties
- Speech sound problems
- Voice disorders
- A stammer
- Swallowing difficulties
How we work
The ways in which we provide therapy include:
- Parent sessions to help them develop their own child’s communication skills
- Therapy direct from a Speech and Language Therapist
- Devising and demonstrating programmes for support workers in nurseries and school to deliver
- Helping to develop the skills of others in the child’s home, school or pre-school settings.
All of our work is done in close liaison with other health, education, social care and voluntary sector colleagues.
Contact us - North Somerset Speech and Language Therapy
Weston super Mare
Tel: 0300 125 6710