Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy

Coronavirus update (COVID-19) – paediatric speech and language therapy

As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, routine NHS services will inevitably come under pressure as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads.

The NHS has well-established escalation protocols to respond to situations such as this and hospitals have been advised on what steps they can take at a local level.

This includes the rescheduling of some operations, appointments and procedures which are planned in advance.

As a temporary measure we are changing the way we deliver our paediatric speech and language therapy service.

Please click the link below to read our latest advice to parents.

You can still contact the department by phone or email – see contact details below.

We are also sharing useful resources on our Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel.

What do we do?

Children's SALT service

  • 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 and young people from birth to 19, or 25 if they have an Education Health Care Plan, with speech, language, communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

Contact details

The team

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
North Ormesby
Tel: 01642 944488

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.