Speech and language therapist

Speech and language therapist

We are able to help children who have significant difficulty with:

  • Listening to and understanding language.

  • Putting words together into sentences.

  • Using language in the right way to relate to others.

  • Saying words clearly.

  • Speaking fluently without getting stuck on words or stammering.

We also work with children and young people who communicate in other ways (signing, using computers or communication aids) and who have difficulty in swallowing when eating and drinking.

Who is this service for?

  • Children who have a Sutton GP.

  • Referrals must be made for this service before your child is five or finishes reception year in school.

  • Children up to the end of year 3.

  • If your child is over the age of five and you are concerned, speak to your child’s teacher about the help that could be offered at school.

How can my child get this service

If you are worried about your child's development, discuss this with your health visitor or school nurse, or your GP. You will need to get a referral before your child is five.

How will the service help my child?

  • The speech and language therapist will see you and your child and will spend time finding out about your concerns. They will play with and talk to your child and decide whether your child has difficulties, and how severe these are.

  • The therapist will give you ideas for activities and strategies you can use and practice at home. Small changes and work done at home can make a big difference to a child’s communication skills.

  • We will write a short report about your child and share this with nursery or school so they can use the same ideas and activities to help your child during the day.

  • We may suggest some work is done through targets that can be done at home/nursery/school. Sometimes we will show you how to work on games and activities in group or individual sessions.

What do I need to do?

It is important that you carry out the tasks and ideas we give you and use any specialist equipment we recommend. We will support you to do this.

You will need to attend all appointments where possible. If you do not attend and do not contact us, your child will be discharged from the service. This service is free of charge.

Where will my child receive this service?

Children are usually invited to a local health clinic for their first speech and language therapy appointment. Follow-up appointments are usually offered in the same clinic. Occasionally we may visit your child at school, nursery or children centers. Appointments may take place at home for children with very complex needs. There are lots of strategies and advice we can offer. Ask your speech and language therapist for extra information.

Speech and language therapist

Speech and language therapists work with children and their families and schools to help support difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing. They help families, children and schools learn good strategies to manage communication difficulties and be more independent.

The speech and language therapist is trained to recognise when a child has difficulties and to find out why, and what will help. Therapy works best when those who spend most time with the child put the therapist's ideas and suggestions into practice on a regular basis.