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)
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
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 who are residents in South Tyneside, 0 -18 years (up to 19 years transition within special education provision).
Any child experiencing a range of speech, language and communication difficulties and/or feeding/swallowing difficulties.
Open referral, with signed parental consent. Standard referral forms or letter.