Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children and young people in Cornwall aged 0-19 years who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are registered allied health professionals. Allied health professional is how we describe trained professionals who aren’t doctors or nurses.
The Speech and Language Therapy service supports children and young people in Cornwall aged 0-19 years who have difficulty with:

  • understanding what is said to them
  • expressing themselves
  • talking clearly (saying speech sounds)
  • stammering
  • swallowing (eating and drinking).

This can include children/young people with delay in learning to talk, speech sound production difficulties, learning difficulties, cleft palate, stammering, selective mutism, autism, hearing impairment and physical disabilities. For information about specific diagnoses see: www.afasic.org.uk

SLTs aim to help to develop the skills of parents/carers and other people who support the child in their everyday environments. This ensures that therapy can be non-intrusive, practical and most effective for the child/young person.

Sometimes, as part of a child’s therapy we will offer training to parents and other people working with the child. Some preschools and schools may already have attended training that will benefit children with speech and language needs.

Not all referrals need to have a face to face appointment; some may get a pack of activities and/or may be given advice and re-referral criteria. Some referrals will receive a telephone consultation, they may be signposted to another service/group, or attendance at a training course may be recommended.

Existing Referrals and Enquiries

SLT Helpline
At any point in time, Parents or the Child’s Educational Setting can contact the SLT service with questions or to request further information, using the SLT Helpline – 01208 834488 Please note, the helpline is a call back service and a qualified SLT will return your call.

New Referrals

Contact the Early Help Hub on:
01872 322277

Email: earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk

or if you wish to make a referral please use the approriate link below.

The website for professionals is www.cornwall.gov.uk/earlyhelphub
The website for parents is www.cornwall.gov.uk/earlyhelp

Speech and Language Therapy Resources

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy – What to expect leaflet

Speech and Language Therapy FAQ’s

When to be concerned about a child’s speech

When to be concerned with preschool language

When to be concerned with school age language

Useful resources for supporting language and communication

Useful Links

www.talkingpoint.org.uk
Information and advice for parents and professionals on how to help at different stages.

www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
Advice, ideas and support.

http://www.stammering.org
The first point of contact for information and support on stammering, also known as stuttering.

Survey

We would value your feedback so please take the time to complete our survey – Version for Parents and Version for children.
https://www.oc-meridian.com/CFT/survey/SALT