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Sheffield Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service

Summary
Speech & Language Therapists provide evidence-based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of individuals who experience speech, language and communication or swallowing difficulties.


Description

Speech and Language Therapists work in partnership with the child, their family and other health, education and social care workers to reduce the impact of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties on the child’s wellbeing and ability to participate in daily life.  It is the Speech & Language Therapist’s role to help the child to communicate to the best of his or her ability.   

Speech, language and communication skills are complex and depend on many factors including physical, learning and attention skills, and it may not be possible for the child to use language to communicate.  In addition to helping the child develop skills around communication, Speech and Language Therapists work with the team around the child to create communication friendly environments through visual support, and adapted adult strategies.

Higher level language difficulties and the social use of language are very complex, context-dependent activities, so tight objectives are difficult to set and in those cases broad targets will be set.

Services are offered across the city in clinics, schools, nurseries and homes, according to the child's age and needs.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Lynne Williams
Contact Position
Speech and Language Therapy Admin Support
Telephone
0114 2262333
E-mail
Lynne.Williams9@nhs.net
Website
https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm
Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Yes
Additional culture/ethnicity information
We are a fully inclusive service. Interpreters are provided where needed.

Other Details

Costs

Details
No charge is made to parents
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We have an open referral system which means anyone can refer a child to the service with parental consent.  Referrals can be made direct from a parent over the phone, or from other professionals via referral forms found on the website.  In order to see a child in an educational environment, signed parental consent is required.


Local Offer

Description
  • Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy is the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of children with speech, language, communication and / or swallowing difficulties.
  • The Speech and Language Therapist uses a range of skills and techniques to educate, support, rehabilitate or improve normal development and functional communication ability.
  • The benefits of speech and langauge therapy are many and varied depending on the presenting condition and the response to treatment. Ultimately our aim is to benefit the child through reducing the effects of their impairment and increasing both their levels of activity and participation in the family, community and educational environment.
  • Interventions associated with speech and language therapy also are many and varied depending on the presenting condition and the response to treatment and may include anything from working directly with the child, to helping carers and educational staff adapt the child's environment to reduce barriers to communication and enable them to fulfil their potential.
Contact Name
alice.woods@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0114 2262333
Contact Email
alice.woods@nhs.net
Links
Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Services
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

General Extended Local Offer Response

Do you operate a waiting list? 
Yes
Waiting list details 

Children are seen within 12 weeks of referral.

Communicating with service users details 

Where children are seen in schools and nurseries, carers are always invited to appointments by letter.  We strongly encourage carers to attend initial appointments so we can gain a full picture of the child's strengths and needs across a range of contexts, as well as understand parents concerns and hopes.


Last Updated
04/09/2019
Keywords
Speech, Language, Communication, Verbal, Therapist
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