Speech and language therapists (SLTs) work with children who have issues with:
They will show you ways to support your child’s communication or feeding skills.
Your child develops skills to communicate.
- social interaction
- moving their mouth
- understanding language
- how to express themselves
These may be the focus of your child’s speech and language therapy.
What a speech and language therapist does
The SLT works with you to:
- talk about your concerns around your child’s communication, eating, drinking or swallowing
- assess your child’s strengths and needs in communication, eating, drinking or swallowing
- develop your child's communication, through one-to-one or group therapy
- set short and long-term goals
- link with other relevant services, for example, hearing assessments
- work with schools and teachers to support language development
Referrals to a SLT in the Children's Disability Network Team (CDNT)
Your GP can refer your child to the CDNT, or you can make a referral yourself.
You cannot refer to a specific health professional. The CDNT will decide which health professionals from the team are needed based on your child's needs.