Our service is made up of qualified speech and language therapists and experienced speech and language therapist assistants. We also have a team of administration staff who will answer the phone and respond to emails.
We offer speech and language therapy for children and young people in Hillingdon to help them communicate. We offer support to children, young people and their families who have difficulties with their speech, language and communication skills or difficulties with eating and drinking.
These difficulties might include:
- Saying sounds clearly
- Understanding what has been said to them
- Using words and sentences
- Saying words and sentences fluently
- Their voice sounding croaky, strained or unusual
- Being unable to talk when not at home
- Understanding social situations, making friends or changes in routine
- Eating and drinking safely.
Your child may:
- Be late to talk
- Have speech that is difficult to understand
- Have difficulty in putting words together and talking in sentences
- Be reluctant to talk or be silent outside of home
- Have difficulty in understanding what is said to them
- Have difficulty understanding social rules and making friends
- Have a stammer
- Have difficulties with their voice
- Cough or choke on their food or drink
Speech and language therapists can:
- Assess the child or young person’s communication skills to identify areas of difficulty, and provide advice for all those involved to support improvements in these skills
- Work with families, carers, schools and nurseries to jointly identify how best they can help the child or young person to communicate to their full potential. This might be through training, workshops, talking through issues at meetings or showing others how they can continue supporting the child or young person
- Advise and support education staff on how they can run interventions to support children and young people in their setting
- Work directly with children or young people if needed – this might be individually or in groups and will usually involve parents, carers, school or nursery staff watching the sessions so that they know how to help the child or young person. This helps maximise the progress that the child or young person will make with their communication skills as they are being supported throughout the day
- Assess the child or young persons’ eating, drinking and swallowing skills to identify areas of difficulty, and provide methods for all those involved to maintain the safety of the child or young persons’ eating, drinking and swallowing and support improvements in these skills, where possible.
This team provides a service to children before they start school (pre-school) who live in Hillingdon or who are registered with a GP in Hillingdon.
We also provide a service to:
- Children in a mainstream school reception class with speech sound difficulties
- Mainstream school infant-age children with a stammer
- Mainstream school infant-age children who have voice problems
- Older children and young people who have difficulty eating and drinking safely
- Children and young people who have had an acquired brain injury. For example tumour, stroke and head injury.
This service isn’t for children with a permanent sensori neural severe to profound hearing loss who are being assessed for cochlear implant, wear a cochlear implant or radio aids and have speech, language and communication needs. Read more about our Hearing Impairment Speech and Language Team who provide speech and language therapy to these children.
Who do we work with?
Our Early Years Team sees mainly pre-school-age children with speech, language and communication needs working closely with parents and carers. We also see some older children in full time education whose needs are best met within a clinic setting.
The team also provides advice and support for children and young people in full time education with motor eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and children and young people with acquired brain injury. We work in partnership with all professionals that might be involved in the child’s care.
This could include:
- Occupational therapists
- Education staff.
Where do we work?
We work in a range of settings including local health clinics and children’s centres, as well as the Child Development Centre (CDC) located ay Hillingdon Hospital. Children may also occasionally be seen in other places if required such as nursery or in hospital
We provide speech and language therapy in mainstream primary and secondary schools in Hillingdon to support children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
We empower school staff to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs – including those not directly on the speech and language therapy caseload.
We support school staff to:
- Make use of whole class strategies in lessons
- Make use of child specific strategies in lessons
- Run school-led intervention groups
The service provides schools and parents with resources, advice and training which they can use to support children and young people. The SEND Advisory Service (London Borough of Hillingdon) also provides training and support to schools.
Who is this service for?
We support children and young people who may have difficulties with:
- Understanding what the teacher is saying in lessons
- Using word endings and including small grammatical words when they are talking and writing
- Explaining or expressing more complicated ideas and thoughts
- Making friends, finding shared interests with others, having conversations with others that may or may not include personal interests, learning to play alongside and with other children
- Saying sounds clearly, speaking fluently and speaking in school, even if they speak at home.
Transferring to the Mainstream Schools Service
Download this document for useful information for parents/carers of children who are known to the Early Years speech and language therapy service and who will be starting in Reception.
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How we work in schools
Our therapists will work in different ways according to the needs of the child or young person and the school. The needs of the children or young people and the level of support to be offered are discussed by the therapist and agreed with the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO). Read more about the therapy support offered.
Each school is allocated an amount of speech and language therapy time per year depending on the needs of the children at the school.
We support both children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan and those without.
Children or young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan or Early Support Funding with speech and language therapy identified as a requirement will receive their identified provision.
Term On / Term Off Model
The speech and language therapy service offers a "term on-term off" model for children who do not have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).
The link speech and language therapist will show a member of school staff how to run intervention/therapy sessions and advise school on strategies that can be used to support your child's communication during your child's "term on".
School staff will be expected to continue to support your child and run any necessary intervention sessions during your child's "term off".
The link speech and language therapist will then review your child's progress the following term.
Discharge after 2 years
If your child does not have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) then the speech and language therapy service will discharge your child after two years of speech and language therapy support in school.
The link speech and language therapist will have given your child's school lots of advice and support and shown school staff how to run intervention/therapy sessions during your child's time on the speech and language therapy caseload.
School staff will be expected to continue to support your child and run intervention and/or therapy sessions if these are still needed.
School staff can continue to get advice from the link speech and language therapist without needing to re-refer your child by discussing your child at the termly link planning meetings or attending a school staff drop in session.
Parents can get any further advice that they need without re-referring by calling the CITS Advice line and asking to speak to the duty speech and language therapist.
If following discussions your child needs a re-referral back into the service then this can be agreed.
Who else do we work with
We work alongside a range of professionals including teachers, learning support assistants, SENCOs, educational psychologists, paediatricians and the SEND Advisory Service. Learn more at the Hillingdon Local Offer website. To make sure that your child receives the best care, it may sometimes be helpful for us to contact other professionals about your child and share information together. We will seek your consent beforehand.
What if my child is not attending a Hillingdon state school?
Special schools in Hillingdon, along with Special Resource Provisions (SRPs), directly employ their own speech and language therapist and you can contact your child’s school to find out about their arrangements for speech and language therapy.
For children and young people attending independent or out-of-borough schools without an Education, Health and Care Plan, or for children being home schooled, we can offer a review every term in a clinic or health centre with a home and/or school programme of advice if parents want to access this service.
Children or young people attending an out-of-borough school who have an Education, Health and Care Plan from Hillingdon will have their speech and language therapy delivered in school.
We work with children and young people whose speech and language therapy needs are primarily due to permanent hearing impairment.
The Hearing Impairment Team provides a specialist speech and language service to children and young people who have a moderate to profound permanent sensori- neural hearing loss and who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants or are waiting to get them.
They work closely with audiology, teachers of the deaf and specialist assessment centres to make sure there is coordinated support for the children.
Having a hearing loss will affect how a child is able to hear and understand language. There are many things that parents/carers can do to support their child to develop their listening and attention skills, understanding and speech. The Hearing Impairment Team can support them to do this effectively.
The speech and language therapist will always try to provide the sessions within the most appropriate setting for that child/young person. This may be in the home, children’s centre, school or nursery. The therapist will discuss this when booking appointments for the child.
Many children can benefit from learning some signs to communicate when they are young. This can help to reduce frustration and develop language and communication before they are able to talk. This can be particularly helpful for children with a hearing loss.
As well as advice for developing speech, language and communication skills, parents and carers will be able to discuss how they may want to communicate with their child. For example, using signs, using spoken language, using pictures and other visual support. The therapist will be there to support parents in the decision they make.
Where appropriate, sessions will be offered jointly with teachers of the deaf to provide a more integrated service and to help parents to set joint targets. The speech and language therapist may also attend appointments at specialist centres if appropriate.
There are two local authority specialist provisions for children and young people who are hearing impaired or deaf. Visit Glebe Primary school and Vyners Academy Secondary school for more information.
We provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy for children and young people In Hillingdon to move properly after a movement disorder. These disorders may be a result of injury, illness or disability.
Our Physiotherapists will work in different ways to help children and young people to move according to the needs of the child/young person. Following the referral being accepted, they will have an initial assessment at a clinic location. On-going therapy will be discussed and arranged with parents/carer(s) on an individual basis according to the needs of the child or young person.
The team is based at the Child Development Centre (CDC). Additional clinics are held at Oak Farm Children's Centre, Cowley Children's Centre and Northwood Health Clinic. Children may also occasionally be seen in other places if required such as at nursery or schools.
We work in partnership with all professionals that might be involved in the child’s care. This could include:
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Early Support Service
- Education staff
- Social Care
To make sure that your child receives the best care, it may sometimes be helpful for us to contact other professionals about your child and share information together. We will seek your consent beforehand.
We offer Occupational Therapy (OT) for children, young people and their family/carer(s) in Hillingdon to help them participate in the everyday activities (or occupations) that they need, want or are expected to perform in order to improve their health and wellbeing.
Our service is made up of qualified occupational therapists as well as experienced occupational therapy technicians and assistants. We also have administration staff who support the team to run smoothly and efficiently.
How does our team support you?
Our service works with children and young people aged 0-18 years old. We help children and young people who have significant difficulties due to a physical, motor or sensory based need that has an impact on their independence and ability to participate in everyday activities (occupations), that they need, want or are expected to perform, such as play.
We work in partnership with parent/carers(s), nurseries/schools and other professionals involved in helping children and young people with their functional difficulties.
We can help with the following:
- Self care: dressing, cutlery use, eating a meal, washing, brushing teeth, personal care, accessing the toilet etc.
- School and nursery work/readiness: handwriting development, attending to tasks, participating in PE, using tools and materials following school routines etc.
- Leisure and play: playing with age appropriate games and toys, riding a bike, participating in hobbies and sports etc.
1. Assessment of the child/young person's skills and environment
- Assess and identify the child/young person's strengths and areas of difficulties in everyday activities
- Identifying priorities and collaborative goal setting with the child/young person and their family
- Recommend appropriate interventions to support the child/young person dependent on their strengths and needs
- Work with the child/young person, their families/carers, nurseries and schools to jointly identify how best to support the child/young person to participate at home, in school and within their community.
2. Therapy interventions
Our service supports children and young people to participate in everyday activities by using a tiered approach. This involves different levels of support (such as Universal, Targeted and Specialist) depending on the child/young person’s need. This can include:
- Individual/ group goal-directed therapy sessions with an occupational therapist/technician or coaching session with parent/school staff
- Signposting to Hillingdon Plays website resources and advice sheets and termly parent and school staff training sessions.
3. Provision of equipment
- We assess for and provide seating and bathing equipment for the home environment for 0 to three years old. Any child over three years with home equipment needs should be referred to social care directly. This service can be contacted on 01895 556633 or you can email email@example.com
- Early Years Settings: We assess for and recommend seating/equipment on behalf of the Early Years Inclusion Team (EYIT). The EYIT provide the equipment for children in early years setting (private nurseries and childminders)
- Mainstream School Settings: We assess for and recommend seating/equipment for mainstream schools and provide quotes for them to purchase their own equipment (school nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools)
- The equipment is reviewed by our Occupational Therapy Service every six months.
4. Hand assessment/splinting
- These clinics are for children and young people with neurological conditions, neuromuscular conditions, hypermobility and arthritic conditions
- Hand assessment/splinting clinics are run twice a month. This involves an assessment and then possible provision of splints as well as reviews of existing splints and activity programmes.
5. Statutory assessments
- The Occupational Therapy Service, as required, contributes to the multi-professional statutory assessment process. This is when children/young people known to the service undergo a statutory assessment of their Special Educational Needs (SEN), which may lead to an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
- Our service provides Occupational Therapy Provision stated in the EHCP at local Hillingdon mainstream schools.