If you are worried about your child’s speech, language and communication skills you can speak to your health visiting team or GP to find out if your child needs to be referred to see a speech and language therapist.
At CLCH we are the providers of Early Years Speech and Language Therapy services for families who have a GP in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton. If you don’t live in one of these areas your local health visiting team can refer your child to the team in your area.
Early years speech and language therapists work with a child’s parents or carers to support them to develop the skills and confidence to know how to interact and help their child during activities and routines at home (bath time, meal times, playing, shopping etc.). They also work with those people in the community who have contact with a child e.g. Children's Centre and Nursery staff; to give them training and support to help children with speech, language and communication needs, and to promote the importance of good communication skills.
Some children will need support from a speech and language therapist with eating and drinking difficulties e.g. chewing, difficulties progressing through textures, or signs your child may have difficulty swallowing (e.g. coughing when drinking, recurrent chest infections).