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Children's Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

The Speech and Language Therapy service provides assessment and intervention for children presenting with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

The Speech and Language Therapy service provides assessment and intervention for children presenting with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties and/ or feeding/ swallowing difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapy assessment may form part of a multi professional assessment and diagnosis pathway.

Specialist Clinical areas within the service

  • Special needs- additional and complex needs, autism spectrum disorder
  • Paediatric dysphagia (eating/ drinking and swallowing problems)
  • Dysfluency (Stammering)
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Pre-school/ Early Years
  • School age mainstream

What to expect from the service:

  • Opt- in letter for parents to contact the Department to arrange a suitable appointment
  • Standard initial assessment within 13 weeks of referral
  • Assessment of feeding/ swallowing difficulties as soon as possible (acute 48 working hours, urgent community within 2 weeks)
  • Evidence based intervention pathways according to a child's need, including:
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Active Support- where programmes provided for parent/ educational staff to carry out
  • Advice and telephone review

Written reports following assessment and therapy, as appropriate.

Age range covered by the service

Children resident in South Tyneside- 0- 18 years (up to 19 years transition within special educational provision).

Eligibility Criteria

Any child experiencing a range of speech, language and communication difficulties and/ or feeding/ swallowing difficulties.

Referral route

Open referral, with signed parental consent. Standard referral forms or letter.

Contact

Department of Speech and Language
Children's Integrated Therapies
Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Prince Edward Road
South Shields
NE34 8PS

Tel: 0191 2832484
Email: ChildrensSpeechandLanguage@stft.nhs.uk

Office hours are 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday

There is an answer phone service out of hours.

Please note that the Adults SALT Team are based at South Tyneside District Hospital and their telephone number is 0191 404 1060.

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