Children's Speech & Language Therapy

Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus) update September 2020

Unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic we are not able to offer all the services that were available prior to Covid due to the risks to service users and colleagues, this includes our group activities, training and face to face appointments.

However our children’s Speech and Language Therapy team are continuing to work to restore services and put in place new pathways and new ways of working.

We are taking a virtual first approach offering telephone and / or video consultations. We are also developing online training and support packages. These arrangements will be reviewed regularly.

Please note if a virtual contact is arranged - ensure that you are available for the call. If you can’t make the planned call please contact us as soon as possible, if you do not respond to a planned call we will send an SMS requesting contact within a specified time. If there is no contact your child’s case may be closed.

If there is a resurgence of the virus we will follow the guidance from NHS England on service delivery.

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

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

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)
A type of speech language and communication need (SLCN) that affects the way that children understand and use language

BBC - Tiny Happy People

GOV UK - Hungry Little Minds

Early Years PDP

Council for Disabled Children

NHS Start for Life

Bliss UK

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