What we do:
Speech & Language Therapy provides services for children and young people in the borough of Richmond in order to enhance the development of the speech, language and communication of all children and offer assessment and input for children and young people who are having difficulties with:
- Attention and listening
- understanding spoken/signed language
- communicating verbally using sentences and vocabulary appropriate for their age
- Using speech sounds appropriate for their age
- Social interaction and play
- Voice production
- Feeding and swallowing
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
- provide training for professionals who work with children and young people with SLCN
- carry out universal and targeted support in the community to prevent or reduce communication difficulties from developing
- participate in research and development and student therapist training
Our service is delivered in different settings including clinics, children’s centres, special schools and units and mainstream primary and secondary schools.
We work closely with other professionals in health, education and social care as well as with voluntary and charitable organisations in order to deliver an integrated service.
What is speech and language therapy like?
Therapy input will always include offering advice and recommendations regarding how to support the development of the child’s speech language and communication skills both within the home and in the school. This may include making small adjustments to the way you communicate and interact with the child as well as of adjusting the language and learning environment.
When we work directly with young 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 maximise outcomes.
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 involved.
We work in partnership with parents; teachers and other professionals involved with the child or young person and offer a range of training in a variety of settings as well as part of the Borough Workforce Development Programme. Support from parents and teachers in order to practice new skills at home and integrate targets into the classroom are key to all children and young people’s progress.