The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service is for children with speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapists work with children who have difficulties with any aspect of speech, language or communication development. This might include:
- Children who are taking longer than expected to learn to talk
- Children with limited vocabulary, who struggle to form sentences, or who get their words and sentences muddled up
- Children who find it difficult to understand what others are saying
- Children who struggle to communicate socially with others
- Children who have difficulties eating or drinking
- Children who struggle to say certain sounds or make themselves understood
- Children who stammer
- Children who have problems with their voice.
The aim of the Speech and Language Therapist is to help the child or young person to reach their full potential by providing assessment, diagnosis and intervention through programmes of activities, individual or group therapy and advice and support.
Please see our Language and speech pyramid for more information.
The Speech and Language Therapy Team works in close partnership with the child, their family and other professionals such as teachers, nursery staff, Health Visitors and early years workers, to promote positive outcomes for all children. You can find out more about how the team works here.
Sophie Danver explains the recent changes to the Speech and Language Therapy Service:
Flora Watson gives some simple tips to support young children’s language development:
If you are worried that your child is stammering, here’s some helpful information from Amy Ogley, one of our Speech and Language Therapists:
We often use different types of visual supports to help children's understanding: here, Kathryn Cosh talks you through how to use an 'I'm working for' chart to help your child learn to focus on tasks and understand what you are asking of them:
|Where are we?
|Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre
St Annes Primary Care Centre,
|Extra Help||You can access our service by completing our referral form OR
by attending one of our drop-in clinics. Please click here for information Anyone can refer a child to this service; this includes Health Visitors, GPs, Consultants, schools, nurseries and parents. While you are waiting to see us with your child,
some of this information may be helpful. Advice and information for professionals who work with
early years children can be found here. If you need help with British Sign Language or translation
the team can arrange help through a translator or note taker.
|Availability||Monday to Friday.
Children are seen at home, schools, nursery or the child development centre
|Contact Us||Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre
01253 951101 (8.30am - 12pm; 1pm - 3pm)