Speech and language therapy - Children (Hounslow)

Video consultations

Where available, you can attend your consultation online via a video call. 

Video calling is as convenient as a phone call, with the added value of face-to-face communication. It can save you time and brings your care closer to home.


Speech and language therapy (SLT) 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 use of spoken/signed language
  • Associated skills in written language
  • Fluent speech
  • 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
  • provide training for professionals who work with children and young people with SLCN
  • carry out general and targeted 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 virtually and face-to-face in clinics, mainstream primary and secondary schools, and special schools and units.

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 and suggestions regarding small adjustments that you, (and others involved in the care of your child), can make to everyday living to support the development of the child’s speech, language and communication.  

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 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 involved.  

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. 

Preschool Team

Speech and language therapists from the Pre-school Team work with children who are under statutory school age (Reception class age) and their families who present with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

Therapists will complete an assessment of the child’s needs and provide tailored advice and strategies to their families and other caregivers to support their speech, language and communication development. This maybe face to face or virtually.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 8 weeks
  • Follow-up appointment = 20 months

We apologise for the impact this wait may have on your child and family at this time. Please be assured that we are working hard to reduce these waiting times.

These delays are due to limited clinic space due to:

  • social distancing as a result of Covid-19
  • currently not able to run group sessions due to restrictions on offering face to face appointments

Pre-school Special Needs Team

We also have a small team of therapists who work with children who have complex and specialist communication needs. Input may be delivered in 1:1 sessions, in groups, or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training. This may be face to face or virtually.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 14 weeks
  • Follow up appointment = 4-8 weeks (as clinically indicated)

We apologise for the impact this wait may have on your child and family at this time. Please be assured that we are working hard to reduce these waiting times.

These delays are due to limited clinic space due to social distancing as a result of Covid-19.

Useful links

Tiny Happy People

This BBC website has activities and play ideas to support your child’s speech, language and communication development. Have a look or follow them on instragram or facebook.

Hounslow’s Children’s Centres

Find out about what support is provided by your local Children’s Centre. 

Speech and language therapists from the Mainstream School Team provide a consultative service to children and young people (CYP) who are over statutory school age (Reception class age).

They work with CYP who present with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Therapists will complete an assessment of the child’s needs and provide tailored advice and strategies to support families and education staff to support their speech, language and communication development.

Current waiting time:

  • Initial appointment = 12 months
  • Follow up appointment = n/a

We apologise for the impact this wait may have on your child and family at this time. Please be assured that we are working hard to reduce these waiting times.

These delays are due to:

  • demand exceeding capacity – we are liaising with commissioners
  • staff recruitment

Useful links

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a collaboration of charities who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. This website has resources for parents with suggested activities to support children’s speech language and communication development.

Afasic Voice for Life

Afasic is a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. They provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the UK. Parents can access useful practical advice with games and activities to help children develop skills and language within the ‘Help at Home’ section.

ICAN 

ICAN is a charity whose mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. Their vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential.

NAPLIC 

National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children (NAPLIC) is an association for all professionals concerned with children who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

RADLD

A campaign created to raise awareness of developmental language disorder
 

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan and attend a Hounslow Specialist School or Unit (including specialist nursery settings).

Due to commissioning arrangements in Hounslow there are currently gaps in the service provided to children attending specialist settings.

We apologise for the impact this may have on your child and family at this time.

Please be assured that we liaising with Hounslow Education Department and are working hard and making reasonable endeavours to meet the needs of the children.

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who have an unsafe swallow (dysphagia) and associated difficulty feeding.

Input may be delivered in 1:1 sessions or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training. This may be face to face or virtually.

This is not an emergency service, and if you have any immediate / serious concerns, i.e. if your child/ infant is presenting with any of the signs below when feeding you are advised to contact your GP to seek help and advice or attend your local A&E (emergency department):

  • coughing/ choking
  • changes to colour
  • changes to breathing pattern
  • eye watering

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 2 working days to 6 weeks (clinically urgent cases are prioritised)
  • Follow up appointment = as clinically indicated on an individual basis

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who stammer. Input may be delivered in 1:1 or group sessions or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training. This may be face to face or virtually.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 8 weeks
  • Follow up appointment = 12 months

We apologise for the impact this wait may have on your child and family at this time. Please be assured that we are working hard to reduce these waiting times.

These delays are due to:

  • demand exceeding capacity – we are liaising with Commissioners
  • staff recruitment

Useful links

The British Stammering Association 

This website provides information, resources and support to those who stammer as well as those close to them such as family, friends, educators, employers and colleagues. A webchat and free confidential and anonymous helpline are available for advice on 0808 802 0002, open weekdays 10am-12pm and 6pm-8pm.

There is also a ‘Your Voice’ section which includes stories from parents of children who stammer, some who stammer themselves and others who don’t.

Michael Palin Centre for Stammering  

This website offers information and help for children, young people who stammer, their families and their teachers. It offers top tips on ways to support fluency.

A helpline is available weekdays, 9am-5pm on 020 3316 8100

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who have difficulties with speech sounds (pronunciation) or voice where this is affecting their communication skills.

Input may be delivered in 1:1 sessions or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training. This may be face to face or virtually.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 6-8 weeks
  • Follow up appointment = 12 months

We apologise for the impact this wait may have on your child and family at this time. Please be assured that we are working hard to reduce these waiting times.

These delays are due to ​​​demand exceeding capacity – we are liaising with commissioners.

Useful links

Mommy Speech Therapy Blog

This blog/website has lots of information, resources and ideas on how to support a child’s speech sound development, as well as s for other speech, language and communication needs.

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who have speech, language and communication difficulties as a result of a bilateral, sensori-neural hearing loss.

Input may be delivered face to face or virtually in 1:1 sessions, in groups, or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training and in close liaison with the Teachers of the Deaf.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 6 weeks
  • Follow up appointment = 6- 8 weeks

Useful links

National Deaf Children's Society

“We’re here for every deaf child who needs us – no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.” 

On this website you can find a range of information and activities, including how to support your child’s speech and language and information on glue ear. 

Speech and language therapists across the service support children and young people with social communication difficulties or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Social Communication Pathway

For individual queries on waiting times for assessment for autism, please contact the Social Communication Pathway Coordinators:

Email: hrch.socialcommunicationpathway@nhs.net

Telephone: 020 3771 5983

Useful links

NHS: Help for families of autistic people 

This website has useful tips, advice and further links from the National Health Service.

National Autistic Society 

For safe, accurate and up to date information on autism, including support, guidance, and advice, as well as information on campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

Speech and language therapists work with children and young people who are known to the Hounslow Youth Offending Service and present with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

Input may be delivered in 1:1 sessions, in groups, or by providing tailored advice, strategies and training and in close liaison with families, case managers, other YOS specialist staff as well as external organisations such as schools, CAMHS, not-for-profit organisations and social care.

Current waiting times:

  • Initial appointment = 0 – 3 weeks
  • Follow up appointment = 2 – 4 weeks

Address and contact details:

Children’s Therapy Services Admin Hub
Teddington Health & Social Care Centre
18 Queens Road
Teddington
TW11 0LR

General enquiries / administration hub:  020 8973 3480  

Email: hrch.childrens-therapies@nhs.net

Children’s Therapy Clinical Services Manager: Uma Saimaruhan

Team Lead – Preschool: Katharine Long

Team Lead – Mainstream Schools: Helen Downing

Team Lead – Special Schools and Units: Jenny Kneale

Senior Administrator: Sheila Hill

I think my child might have one or more of these difficulties. What should I do?

Talk about your concerns with your child’s Health Visitor, GP or teacher and decide together if a referral is a good idea.   

How to refer your child to speech and language therapy?

Speech and Language Therapy has an open referral system – anyone e.g. Parents, Health Visitor or School Nurse, GP, School, Nursery or Children’s Centre staff 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 referred and seen, (except in the rare case of a self-referring young person aged 14+).  

Please see referral forms below.

  • For preschool children, please use the relevant form for their age.
  • For school age children, please use the school age referral form.

What will happen if I refer my child?  

If your child is aged 0-5:

When we receive the referral for your child, you will be asked to bring your child to an individual appointment at a clinic. The service aims to see your child within six weeks in line with local guidelines.  The Speech and Language Therapist will talk to you and carry out play activities with your child to asses if they have any difficulties and decide with you on what to do next. 

If your child is aged 5+:

Most referrals for children within this age group come from school staff (with parental consent). The service aims to see your child within six weeks in line with local guidelines.   When we receive the referral for your child a Speech and Language Therapist will contact both you and the school and arrange to carry out an initial appointment in school to work with your child both individually and in the classroom in order to assess your child’s speech language and communication difficulties and identify how these difficulties are affecting their learning at school. 

Following the appointment the therapist will share the assessment findings and provide ideas about how your child can be supported at home and in the classroom at school. 

Feeding and swallowing: 

If your child has a difficulty with feeding or swallowing that is resulting in choking or other serious effects you are advised to contact your GP to seek immediate help and advice. They will refer on for a specialist speech and language therapy assessment where necessary.

The High 5 pack is to help support children who will be turning 5 and will be school age in September.

It includes a parent information presentation, family activity ideas to inspire you to do some everyday activities a bit differently, and we are also offering an advice line where you can contact one of our experienced speech and language therapists via video call.

Our advice line will be available from Monday 14 June until Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Watch our video presentation to find out more