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Speech and Language Therapy Department

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 who are residents in South Tyneside, 0 -18 years (up to 19 years transition within special education 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.


Office hours: 8.30am- 5pm, Monday - Friday

Tel: 0191 283 2484. There is an answer phone service out of hours.

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