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Children's Speech and Language Therapy

Children's Speech and Language Therapy is a core service provided by Integrated Community Paediatric Services (part of Suffolk Community Healthcare).  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

Name
Peta Cook
Position
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service Lead
Telephone
01473 321225
Website
http://www.suffolkcommunityhealthcare.com/OurServices.aspx
Address
St Helen's House, 571
Foxhall Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP3 8LX
Notes

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.

Additional contact

Name
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service (west)
Telephone
01284 741732
Address
Child Health Centre
Hospital Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP3 8LX

Where to go

Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Lakenheath, Ixworth, Kesgrave, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, Leiston, Newmarket, North Ipswich, Mildenhall, Needham Market, Saxmundham, Brandon, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, Babergh, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Stradbroke, Clare, St Edmundsbury, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Coastal, Elmswell, Eye, Thurston, Debenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, Suffolk, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Glemsford, Felixstowe, Forest Heath, West Ipswich
Parking details
Most venues have parking available
Transport
Most venues are accessible by public transport
Notes

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
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
Monday to Friday during normal working hours. Some services only available term time when delivered within school settings.

Other details

Referral required?
Yes
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
Accessibility
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access

Accreditation website
http://www.hpc-uk.org
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.

Notes

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
Yes
Service user questionnaires and feedback
Last Updated
14/11/2018

Local Offer Local Offer Record

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
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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