Our children's speech and language therapy teams assess, diagnose, and provide therapy for children and young people with speech, language, communication and/or swallowing problems to help them communicate to the best of their ability.

We work in partnership with parents, nurseries, children’s centres and school staff to embed communication goals in a child’s everyday environment.
 

Who we see

Children could have difficulties with their communication due to:

  • Language delay
  • Developmental language disorder
  • Autism/social interaction difficulties
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities

Merton service information

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.

Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster service information

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.

The following services are provided in these boroughs:

  • Community early years speech and language therapy services
  • Community education speech and language therapy services

Helpful information

Referral information

Community early years speech and language therapy services operate an open referral system, so anyone can refer to the community early years’ service (tri-borough) for a pre-school child using the early years’ service referral form.
 
Please also ensure you refer to the audiology service at the same time (020 3704 6060). Please note Audiology only accept referrals from professionals, please do ring audiology directly if you have any queries about the service.

For more information about the services provided, please contact your local clinic.

Referrers can contact the service by:

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria for our community early years’ service:

  • A service for children up to the age of five years or the term before they start school (whichever is sooner) who have identified or suspected speech and language difficulties.
  • The child needs to have a GP and home address within the tri-borough or Merton area.

Exclusion criteria for our community early years’ service:

  • Any child over five years of age or in school (whichever is soonest)
  • If a child’s GP/address is not within the tri-borough or Merton area.

Parent and carer drop-in sessions

Our paediatric speech and language therapist teams are running a series of drop-ins for parents and carers on the topics of: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Language Disorder and Makaton.

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.

"Parent workshops for children with social communication difficulties (SCD)/autism spectrum disorder (ASD)" - further information and dates can be found here (PDF)

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.

Makaton Taster Sessions - further information and dates can be found here (PDF)

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.

Early years practitioner training and information

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.

Training courses booking form

SENDCO advice surgery

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:

School staff learning workshops

Further information and dates are available below regarding SLT training (called 'learning workshops').

These workshops are on offer to staff who work in mainstream schools across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham. 

Locations and opening hours

The service operates Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Contact telephone numbers
Early years: 
020 8102 3575 
Education:   020 8102 3507 

*Bessborough street clinic early years team : 020 8102 3501
 

Parsons Green Health Centre

5-7 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Parkview Centre for Health And Wellbeing

Cranston Court, First Floor, 56 Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7FG
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Cheyne Child Development Service, 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH
Opening times: Please contact your local SLT for availability at this location

World’s End Health Centre

529 Kings Road, London SW10 OUD
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Colville Health Centre

51 Kensington Park Road, London W11 1PA
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Westminster, The Medical Centre

7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Bessborough Street Clinic

1 Bessborough Street, London SW1V 2JD
Phone: 020 8102 3501 (early years team)
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm