Speech and Language

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service is part of Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, 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 (www.talkingpoint.org.uk). 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. SLT 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.

Who is this service for?

Any speech, language or communication and/or swallowing problem that a parent/carer is concerned about is a reason to access advice.

The Service is available to children and young people, who

  • Have speech sounds, stammering, voice or swallowing difficulties aged 0-25 years and live in Southwark or have a Southwark GP
  • Have language and communication difficulties, aged 0- 5 years and live in Southwark or have a Southwark GP
  • Have language and communication difficulties, aged 5-19 years and attend a school that accesses Speech and Language Therapy  from us.

Drop Ins

Please click here to see the dates, times of the community  Speech and Language Therapy training. This training is free for parents.

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.

Contact us

For more information please call us on 020 3049 8181, alternatively you can email us on contactslt@nhs.net