The service will let you know which team is most appropriate for your child to see at their first appointment.

Your child's speech, language and communication skills will be assessed by the speech and language therapist. This might be through a combination of formal or informal assessment, observation, and discussion with parents and others involved with the child or young person, such as teachers and child minders.

Once a referral is received and accepted, the following happens:

  • We ask the parents to contact the service within two weeks to arrange a suitable date and time for the appointment
  • Once contact with the service has been made a suitable appointment will be offered within six weeks of the referral being accepted
  • The appointment will be confirmed in writing and parents will be sent a case history form and patient registration form to complete and bring with them to the appointment.
  • After the appointment, a report is written including the findings and outcomes from the appointment and a care plan, target and strategy.

If parents do not contact the service to arrange an appointment within two weeks, the child is discharged and a letter is sent to the parent and the referrer to let them know. Similarly, your child will be discharged, if you do not attend the appointment and do not contact us to let us know you can't make it.

If you cannot attend the appointment or require an interpreter, please contact the CITS advice on 01895 488 200 or email and we can rearrange the appointment to another date and time and/or book an interpreter.

The appointments lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. If you are referred to the Child Development Centre (CDC) for the appointment, please allow plenty of time for parking.

During the appointment the therapist will:

  • Ask about your child's development so far and discuss any worries you have
  • Watch, listen to and play with your child
  • Watch your child eating and drinking
  • Talk with your about child's speech and language development and eating and drinking skills based on what was observed during the appointment
  • Agree the next steps and a care plan with you for your child.

  • Group therapy
  • Joint therapy sessions with other members of the disciplinary team
  • A programme of activities for home and nursery
  • Phone or clinic review of speech and language and/or eating and drinking skills at an agreed time scale.

The next step may include discharge if the team believe no further input is required.

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