About the Speech and Language Therapy Service

We may be different teams but we are one service.

Who does the Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service support?

Our team offers support to children and young people with moderate to severe difficulties with their speech, language and communication skills or difficulties with eating and drinking, and their families.

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
  • Cough or choke on their food or drink.

What is our role?

Speech and language therapists can:

  • Assess the child or young person’s communication skills to identify areas of difficulty, and provide methods 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
  • 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.

 

 

Contact details:

Address: Central Referral and Messaging Service. Lines are open Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays) 8.30am-4.30pm
Phone: 01895 488 200

Tell us, we're listening

  • If you would like to give feedback about the Speech and Language Therapy Service, please visit our feedback page or call Patient Support Services on 0300 0134799.

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