Milton Keynes Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team works with pre-school-age children with speech and language difficulties in addition to feeding and swallowing difficulties.

The Early Years Team has staff who are specialists in:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Dysfluency
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Augmentative and alternative communication

The team offers the following services:

Drop-in assessment sessions are for parents with concerns about their children’s talking or understanding. In the session, parents can discuss their worries with a speech and language therapist who will also watch their child playing and assess their needs. There is no need to book, just come along.

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The sessions are on every Monday (except bank holidays) from 9.30am to 12noon at Speech and Language Therapy (by the Luing Cowley Outpatients Building), Milton Keynes General Hospital, Standing Way, Eaglestone, MK6 5LD. Please see map 

and the first Tuesday of each month from 9.30am to 12noon at the Speech and Language Therapy Department, Wolverton Health Centre (opposite Greenleys, off the V5 Great Monks Street), Gloucester Road, Wolverton, MK12 5DF. Please see map 

This is a monthly drop-in session for parents to access with their child, to get further speech and language therapy advice and suggestions. No need to book, just come along. Parents must have accessed an assessment for their child before coming to this session.

The service offers two highly successful training programmes for parents to help their children’s communication development:

  • It Takes Two to Talk, for parents of children with speech and language difficulties
  • More Than Words, for parents of children with social interaction and communication difficulties

The service is for pre-school-age children (0 to rising five years) with feeding, swallowing, and speech and language difficulties. Children must be registered with a Milton Keynes general practitioner (GP).

Parents can simply attend the assessment drop-in to access the service. Children may also be referred to the service by their GP, health visitor or pre-school leader. The service operates an open referral system and anyone can refer a child if they have concerns about their communication.

If parents have concerns that their child is experiencing physical difficulties with eating (chewing and swallowing) and drinking, they can ask their GP, health visitor or paediatrician to refer them to the service.

Download Milton Keynes outpatient paediatric dysphagia referral form

Bus: 1, 6, 25, 28, 34, 150, F70

Train: London North Western, Virgin Trains

The service is available from 8:30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

The team works in a range of different locations across Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages, including early years education settings, children’s centres and health centres.

If you need help in a crisis, please do the following

  • Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
  • If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
  • If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.

Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.