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Speech and Language Therapy - Children (Hounslow)

Speech and Language Therapy provides services for children and young people who need assessment and intervention to achieve:

  • safe and effective feeding and swallowing

  • successful social interaction with other people

  • clear speech sounds

  • reliable understanding of spoken/signed language

  • clear and effective spoken/signed language

  • associated written language skills

  • reduction of stammering

  • healthy and strong voice use 


Our service aims to:  

  • provide information, assessment, advice and treatment for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) 

  • provide information, assessment and management of feeding and swallowing difficulties

  • provide training and support for families and other people involved in the care of those with SLCN

  • carry out general supportive work in the community to prevent or reduce communication difficulties from developing

  • participate in research and development and student therapist training.

 

We achieve this in different settings – clinics, children’s centres, schools, libraries etc. 

We work with other professionals in health, education and social care services as well as with voluntary and charitable organisations. 

What is speech and language therapy like? 

Sometimes, therapy will take the form of advice – small adjustments that you (and others involved in the care of your child), can make to everyday living to support speech and language learning. 

When we work directly with children, our activities are play-based. We aim for children to learn through playing and having fun. We use toys, pictures, books and whatever else will interest the child in order to get maximum attention and best results. 

When we work with older children and young people, we still aim to keep activities fun and relaxed but sometimes there will be a greater element of more formal teaching.

We often ask parents, teachers and others involved in the day-to-day care of the child to carry out certain games and activities between therapy sessions. This is a vital part of therapy because we need the child to practise using their new communication skills for everyday life.              

Address and contact details:

Speech and Language Therapy Department,
3rd Floor, Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
92 Bath Road
Hounslow, Middlesex
TW3 3EL

General enquiries / administration hub:  0208 973 3480

Fax:      020 8630 3354

Opening times: 

The main speech and language therapy office is open between 9am – 4pm, and there is an answer phone and fax machine to leave a message outside these hours.

Our speech and language therapists work across different clinics and settings in Hounslow so are not in the same place all the time.  Please bear this in mind when leaving messages at a specific location. If your message is urgent, it may be better to contact our main office.

Speech and Language Therapy has an open referral system – anyone can refer a child or young person for assessment, including the young person themselves, if aged 14 or over. Written consent from the main care giver is required before the child or young person can be seen, except in the rare case of a self-referring young person aged 14+. 

Children aged 0-7: unless the child has an urgent feeding/swallowing problem or a pre-diagnosed condition that requires a particular therapy team, the family will be invited to bring their child to their local clinic for an assessment. The therapist will take a case history and an assessment of the child’s speech, language and communication will be carried out.  This is typically done through observations, general play, and formal/informal assessment. A decision about what is needed next (if anything) can then be made with the parents/carers.  

Children aged 7-19: unless the child (or young person) is referred for an urgent swallowing problem, a speech sound delay, or a pre-diagnosed serious condition that requires a particular therapy team, only children with a statement of Special Educational Needs are offered a service. These children will usually be assessed at school, with the parents/carers invited to meet the therapist on the same day. The follow up will vary according to each child’s need but is usually no more than 3 visits in a school year with possibility of group intervention once a year.

For all other children in this age range, the schools are invited to commission services from the Speech and Language Therapy service.

  • Uma Sai - Children’s Therapy Services Manager
  • Katharine Long – Preschool Team Lead
  • Aria May – Interim School Age Team Lead
  • Anna Michel  - Specialist SLT, Social Communication/ASD Lead
  • Emma Brown – Specialist SLT, Dysphagia/Feeding Lead