Children's speech and language therapy

We support children and young people, from birth to 17-years-old, who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Our focus is to help them develop the best possible communication skills, taking into account their individual needs, difficulties and abilities.

For most, this will be through spoken communication but for others it might be learning to use communication aids or a signs/symbols/gestures approach. Speech, language and communication needs might include problems with:

  • Making speech sounds
  • Understanding language
  • Putting words together
  • Voice (such as persistent hoarseness)
  • Stammering
  • Feeding/swallowing
  • A mix of any of the above.

We work in partnership with the children and young people themselves, their families and any other professionals involved. We provide:

  • Specialist assessment and advice
  • Strategies and activity suggestions for parents, carers and school/nursery staff so they know how to help
  • If needed, a block of regular sessions to work towards a particular goal
  • Written reports when required
  • Advice and help with the alternative or augmentative methods of communication that are needed by some children eg signing

We provide services across North and North East Lincolnshire, for further information see the page for your area.

Communication aids referral team (CART)

The CART team is made up of different professionals who work together to assess the needs of people with severe communication difficulties and provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) if needed. They cover all age groups and conditions, across North and North East Lincolnshire.

AAC includes the use of objects, photographs, symbol boards, and bespoke electronic communication devices. CART will assess an individual’s need in conjunction with the individual, family, support workers, the speech and language therapist and any other relevant person.

If needed, they can arrange for people to borrow equipment to try it out and they will also help with getting funding for the more expensive devices. For further information, speak to your speech and language therapist.

It has helped him so much, he can now express himself. He can now tell me what his opions are, what he wants to do.

Helen, mum of Callum (who is pictured above with his therapist Kim)

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website


There are a number of useful videos that explain the benefits of speech and language therapy.

Patient information leaflets