Local arrangements for children’s speech and language therapy in Merton can be accessed by contacting the locality lead for the service based at The Civic Centre, Morden.
The speech and language therapy service here provides a service to schools in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The school aged service is for pupils who have significant speech, language and communication needs.
The community education speech and language therapy service has recently completed a period of service redesign and development. Our speech and language education service work closely with schools. Should you have any concerns about your child’s communication skills in the future, please discuss these directly with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child’s primary school.
Running throughout the year at a range of locations across Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, please click on the links below to find out what is happening near you and when.
These informative workshops are for parents/carers of children under the age of five years. You do not need to reserve a place, but please arrive promptly if you are attending. There are no crèches available. Please do not bring your child with you.
These two hour workshops are for parents/carers whose child under the age of five years has received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or where there are concerns around social communication skills. The workshops are repeated throughout the year in different locations.
These 90 minute workshops are for parents/carers with a child under the age of five years who would like to learn about Makaton. The workshops are run by an early years speech and language therapist.
A range of training options is available to staff working in early years including early years practitioners, voluntary staff and health visitors, to help support all children and young people’s communication including:
foundation training – this one-day introductory course will provide early years practitioners with an overview of speech, language and communication development from birth to five years
advanced training – communication partners: developing language skills in small groups (level 1). This 2½ hour course will provide early year practitioners with an overview of how to plan and run language groups to support children’s speech, language and communication development
advanced training – communication partners: developing language skills in small groups (level 2). This 2½ hour course will provide early year practitioners with an opportunity to build on the knowledge already acquired from Level 1 to learn about a wider range of activities to support language development.
In addition, we offer a telephone advice surgery for practitioners who would like support from the CLCH early years speech and language therapy service during the following dates and times:
Tuesday 28 May 13:30-17:00
Tuesday 25 June 13:30-17:00
Thursday 25 July 09:00-12:30
Monday 12 August 13:30-17:00
Monday 16 September 09:00-12.30
Thursday 31 October 09:00-12.30
Wednesday 13 November 13:30-17:00
Thursday 5 December 13:30-17:00
Telephone 020 7792 7788 during the above dates and times. The SENDCO advice surgery does not operate outside of this schedule.
An early years speech and language therapist will be available during surgery sessions to advise practitioners on issues such as:
adult-child Interaction strategies
running communication supportive groups
supporting early identification of speech, language and communication needs
advice around accessing training
follow up advice after training
creating communication supportive environments
using visual supports in the environment
whether a child will benefit from an SLT referral.
NB: We will not discuss individual children during the telephone advice surgery sessions. If you have questions about a child in your setting, please contact the child’s clinic-based SLT.
More information about early years speech and language therapy services is available from the relevant London borough website:
Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea