Community Speech and Language Therapy
Type of service provided:
Advice, assessment and intervention. Our purpose is to help your child to improve their speech, language and communication skills. This will help them learn better, make friends, understand better what others are thinking and doing. This will help them be happier in life.
The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service is part of Evelina London Children’s Community Services, under Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
The focus of our work is to help children to play, listen well, understand spoken language and the meaning of others’ behaviour and how their behaviour is understood by others. We help children with how they express themselves, their speech sounds, voice or stammering difficulties.We also support children and young people who have difficulties with swallowing.
We recognise that these difficulties happen for a variety of reasons and we will work with you to understand these. We know that if a child gets help early on, supported by parents, we can make a difference. SALT input may begin before a child starts school and may be on-going throughout school for a child or young person, based on their needs.
We work with children one-to-one, in pairs or in groups. We may also observe children in the nursery or classroom and support the teacher, teaching assistant or support staff in working with the child. We are likely to give you work to do at home with your child, to help make the biggest difference possible.
A key sign of progress is how much the child or young person improves their communication with their parent/carer, school staff and friends.
We use a range of different things to see how your child is doing – these might include:
SALT targets – measuring the specific things the child is working on with the SALT, parent &/or TA
Nursery or school measures of progress, against the national curriculum‘s communication levels
Your view of how they are getting on; alongside the nursery or school’s view
The child’s view of how they are doing
For children we know, with Education, Health & Care Plans, we will contribute information to the Annual Review.
Who is the service for?
Children and young people (and their families) with speech, language and communication needs and/or swallowing difficulties aged 0-19 who live in Southwark or go to a mainstream school in Southwark buying SALT from us.
Criteria for access to service
Any speech, language or communication and/or swallowing problem that is causing a parent/carer a concern is a reason to access advice. If you are in any doubt please speak to your health visitor, GP, Children’s Centre, Nursery or School. Or come along to one of our drop-in sessions for more advice if your child is under 5.
Accessibility of this service
We generally see children and families in local Children’s centre, health centres, schools or the Child Development Centre. For a few we may visit you at home. Please talk to us if it is very difficult for you attend an appointment as we are keen to find ways to help if possible.
How this is provided:
If your child is under 5 years old you can access advice and support from
Direct referral – this may be from yourself, your health visitor, GP, nursery or another worker.
Visit our website, email us or call.
If you child is 5 years and over then please speak to your Senco about accessing support and do feel free to give us a ring or email us.
How can I access this service?
We take referrals from parents/carers, other health professionals, nurseries and schools. When you contact us we can help you with this.
Telephone: 020 3049 8181
How is this service funded?
The service is funded by Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, Southwark Council and individual schools.
Do you need to pay for this service?
It is a free service.
Confidentiality and Impartiality
The service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with professionals on your behalf, unless there are safeguarding concerns that require us to share information. We believe it is usually beneficial to children and families to share information between relevant services. This helps us to deliver the best outcomes for your child. For children under 5 you will have been linked to your local children’s centre, unless you opted out of this. We will also share any relevant information with them to support you as fully as we can.