Children's speech and language therapy
We support children and young people from birth to 17 years with Speech, Language and Communication needs. For most children this will mean help developing their spoken communication. For other children it may include using visual communication strategies, for example: Makaton signing, use of pictures or objects.
Our teams include Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants. Speech and Language Therapists are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
We help children with:
- Using speech sounds
- Understanding language
- Putting words together
- Developing vocabulary
A mix of any of the above.
There are a number of useful videos that explain the benefits of speech and language therapy.
What we do:
- Work alongside families and other professionals.
- Provide a Specialist Assessment
- Offer strategies and advice
- Offer groups and one to one sessions working towards individual goals.
- Provide a child-centred care plan
Additional Services for children living in North East Lincolnshire:
We offer a home-visit based service for children aged two to three years who are referred by their family hub worker or Health Visitor. We do not offer a service for children with hearing impairment, where hearing is not aided to normal hearing thresholds
We would recommend referring a child if you feel concerned about their speech, language or communication skills. We advise parents to speak with your child’s school or health visitor to discuss your concerns.
Who can refer?
- Other professionals e.g. physiotherapist/paediatrician/health visitor/ GP/family first practitioner
- Schools and nurseries
Please follow this link for an online questionnaire and what we would expect your child to be able to do – that will help you decide if you need to refer your child to speech and language therapy services.
For concerns about a child’s swallowing please, see the swallowing and feeding page for more information.
Your first appointment in North East Lincolnshire will be offered at the Speech and Language Centre or the Child Development Centre at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby or at Immingham Family Hub.
Following a referral to Speech and Language Therapy you will be contacted to arrange a convenient appointment within 4 weeks, this will be by phone or by letter.
Cancelling your appointment:
Please notify us as early as possible so that we can give the appointment to another patient. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice, the appointment will be recorded as a failure to attend. Phone: 03033 303758
We would love to hear what you think about our service, how you found the appointments and any suggestions for improvements. You can tell us this by completing the Friends and Family Test.
If you have any concerns / queries about any of the services offered by the Trust, in the first instance, please speak to the person providing your care or contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) team.
Top tips / further reading
Please follow the links below to get lots of advice about what you should expect of your child’s communication. There is also have information about supporting your child’s speech and language development.
We work in partnership with safeguarding nurses, social services and family hubs to safeguard children and to ensure that their needs are met. We may complete early help assessments or contact other relevant services if we have concerns or if a child is not being brought to appointments. For more information, please click here. Alternatively, visit the Grimsby hospital safeguarding team here.