Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy
- Initial assessment and diagnosis of communication difficulty
- Assessment of dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties)
- Specialist assessments (eg stammering, voice problems)
- Development of care plans in conjunction with the family/carer
- Direct therapy
- Therapy programmes for schools, parents/carers and others working with a child
- Training on communication disorders
Children are usually seen in their school or nursery. Pre-school children are usually seen at home.
Some appointments may take place in other locations in the community such as children’s centres or clinics.
Parents/carers may be asked to travel to the speech and language therapy service’s central clinic in Middlesbrough if an appointment is with a specialist speech and language therapist.
Who do we work with?
Children from birth to age 16 (19 with a statement of special educational needs) who have difficulties with speech, language and communication or swallowing. Carers/parents and other professionals can also contact us to ask for support or information if they are resident or based within the Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland boundaries.
We have specialist and generalist therapists and therapy assistants who work with children with speech, language and communication needs in the following areas: autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, physical disabilities (including providing communication aids), dysphagia (swallowing), specific speech and language impairments, dysfluency (stammering), voice disorders, cleft lip/palate, speech and language delay and hearing impairment.
Where are we based?Speech and language therapy service 2 Trinity Mews
North Ormesby Health Village
TS3 6AL Tel: 01642 516780
Fax: 01642 516569
How to refer?
The service offers an open referral system. Referrals can be made by doctors, health, education and social care professionals as well as carers, young people and their representatives. Referral forms are available for professionals.
Parents/carers/clients are welcome to call the office and we will be happy to support them to self-refer. Alternatively, teachers, health visitors, GPs etc are able to refer on behalf of the client if they are requested to do so.