The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy service operates an open referral system, meaning we accept referrals from any professional working with a child and also from parents themselves.
We also offer drop in clinics which are an opportunity for parents to have a brief chat about any concerns and to get some advice about how to help at home.
Registered with a GP in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area?
If so, you can access Speech and Language Therapy advice in two ways – either our drop-in sessions, or via a referral for assessment.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are now offering a telephone advice service to replace our usual drop-in clinics. For more information, please see the attached information:
Click Here for information about whether the drop-in or a referral would be best for you.
If you feel your child meets the criteria for a referral to our service, please make a referral.
Please note a child must be accompanied by a parent or person with parental responsibility. If you would like somebody other than this to bring your child to a drop in (e.g. grandparent or childminder), you MUST complete this form and send it with the person attending. We will not be able to discuss your child with anyone else without this form being provided.
What happens when my child has been referred?
After we receive your referral, an appointment will be arranged for your child to be assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist. They might assess your child’s needs in different ways, such as through play, or looking at picture books. The assessment will help us to find out what your child is finding easy or more difficult and so decide what help your child might need.
After the assessment
After the assessment, the Speech and Language Therapist will tell you what they recommend and agree with you what to do next.
This could be:
- Some work to practise at home
- Some Therapy sessions, either individually or in a group
- A workshop or course for parents to provide ideas of how to help your child
- A further review appointment to monitor your child’s progress
- Discharge, if Speech and Language Therapy is not needed