Children's Speech and Language Therapy
Children's Speech and Language Therapy is a core service provided by Integrated Community Paediatric Services. The service sees children with a range of speech, language and communication needs (including eating/drinking difficulties). The services provides an assessment and intervention service for children with identified needs. These can present as:
- unclear speech
- slow or unusual development of spoken language
- little or no spoken language
- difficulties with chewing or eating and drinking
- difficulties in understanding what people say
- stammered (or stuttered) speech
- voice problems
The service will aim to support children/young people and their families by providing therapy and appropriate packages of care to meet the individual needs of each child.
Who to contact
- Isobel Crichton-Smith
- Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service Lead
St Helen's House, 571
- IP3 8LX
There are two main bases across Suffolk for the Speech and Language Therapy service, one in Ipswich and one in Bury St Edmunds. Contact details for the Bury office are given below. Some of our services are also offered virtually.
- Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service (west)
- 01284 741732
Child Health Centre
Bury St Edmunds
Where to go
- Area served
- All Suffolk
- Parking details
- Most venues have parking available
- Most venues are accessible by public transport
Services are delivered in a range of venues across the county, including special schools, mainstream schools, early years settings as well as a number of clinic bases.
Days & Times
- Time of day
- Session Information
Monday to Friday during normal working hours. Some services only available term time when delivered within school settings.
- Referral required?
- Referral and availability notes
Children's Speech and Language Therapy offer an open referral system. A new referral can be made by contacting one of the main office bases, details given above.
In most cases referrals are received from HVs, GPs, other health professionals and schools. If you have concerns about your child's speech and language development it is always helpful to discuss with your HV/class teacher in the first instance.
Referrals are screened when received to check they meet the service criteria for access to the service. Inappropriate referrals are returned with advice and sign posting to other services where appropriate.
- Age Groups
- Pre-school, Children (5-11), Young people
- Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access
- Accreditation website
- Accreditation details
- All Speech and Language Therapists are fully qualified and registered with their professional body (RCSLT) and with the HCPC. Speech and Language Therapy Assistants also work in the service under the supervision of qualified staff.
The Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service is one of the core services delivered as part of Integrated Community Paediatric Services; all the services work together in an integrated way with colleagues to meet the individual needs of children in a holistic manner. There is more information about the other services available on Suffolk Infolink.
The Children's Speech and Language Therapy service will support families where interpreters are required, where English is a second language.
Referrals to Suffolk Communication Aids Resource Centre (SCARC) are made by the Children's Speech and Language Therapy service as necessary, where children/young people have alternative/augmentative communication needs that require assessment and provision of equipment. There are further details on Suffolk Infolink about SCARC.
- Service users involved in planning
Service user questionnaires and feedback
- Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities
Children's Speech and Language Therapy services provide for the needs of children and young people with speech language and communication needs, some of which are complex. All Speech and Language Therapists contribute to the Education Health and Care Plan assessment process, and the ongoing intervention packages required to support children of all ages, whether in early years, mainstream or special school settings. All our staff are aware of the SEND reforms and are active participants where children/young people are known to their service.
- Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
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