Children's Speech & Language Therapy

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update July 2020

Our Children’s Speech & Language Therapy Service is restoring some limited services following NHS and Local Guidance.  This will  initially be for children and young people who have been referred to us and are requiring assessments to contribute to Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).

All other appointments and visits will remain suspended until the service is fully operational. This is due to the challenges of adhering to the requirements to socially distance and use appropriate PPE. Our aim is to ensure the safety of Locala colleagues, children and their families so services are only able to be partially restored.

Services that are  presently being restored are now working in different ways this includes use of telephone and virtual contacts.

We continue to accept new referrals, however we will not be able to respond to these until the service is fully operational.

If there is any resurgence of the virus this will need to be managed and may result in a further suspension of services. 

Speech and Language Therapy Feeding and Swallowing (Dysphagia) Service

We support children with significant feeding and swallowing difficulties who are in the community and where the infant/child is at risk and there are concerns regarding an unsafe swallow and/or significant eating and drinking difficulties. 

We are continuing to accept referrals to this service that meet the current service criteria, however due to the current Covid 19 situation the support will be delivered differently and contacts will be via phone or video consultation.

Please ensure all contact details provided are up to date.

If your child has a significant feeding and swallowing need and is already supported by the Speech and language Therapy feeding and swallowing team, you should have already received an update via text to inform you of the support available to your child.  

What do we do?

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) work with children aged 0-16 years who have communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties. These children may experience difficulties in the following areas:

  • Listening to and understanding words/instructions
  • Talking in words and sentences
  • Using clear speech
  • Social communication and interaction
  • Fluent speech (stammering)
  • Eating, drinking & swallowing

There are many reasons why children may have such difficulties and they can be as a result of conditions including language delay/disorder, speech sound difficulties, learning disabilities, stammering, autism, hearing impairment and physical difficulties.

We have specialist therapists who provide assessment and advice regarding eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.


Children's Speech & Language Therapy

Batley Health Centre
Upper Commercial Street
WF17 5ED

Tel: 0300 304 5555

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Useful Links

Small Talk booklet - how children learn to talk from birth to age 5

ICAN Charity - Helping babies and young children learn skills for talking

Talking Point

Talk to your baby - Good advice for parents

NAPLIC - A national organisation for teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals which aims to promote and increase awareness of speech, language and communication needs

AFASIC - An organisation for parents of children with speech, language and communication difficulties. 

The British Stammering Association (BSA) - BSA is the national organisation for adults and children who stammer, run by people who stammer'. Helpline: 0845 603 2001 

Developmental Language disorder (DLD) is a type of speech language and communication need (SLCN) that affects the way that children understand and use language







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