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Should I refer?

If you are concerned about a child's speech & language development and are unsure about whether a referral is necessary, please see the guidelines below:

Guidelines for Referral - Receptive & Expressive Development (Early Years)

Guidelines for Referral - Receptive & Expressive Development (KS 1 & 2)

Guidelines for Referral - Speech Sound Development

Children in Year 7+

Children in Year 7+

Our policy is that we do not see children as part of this service once they reach Year 7. However, please note we ill still accept referrals for those students in year 7 or above who persist with the following:

  • a voice disorder i.e. they have lost their voice or have a hoarse voice
  • a stammer
  • feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • degenerative conditions
  • significant social communication difficulties which may be indicative of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • any newly acquired condition

If you are concerned about a child's speech & language skills, we will be happy to discuss potential referrals. Please contact us on 030 3330 9820 (Option 1).

How do I refer?

How do I refer?

Please follow this link and select the appropriate route for referral - I.e. if you are referring from a school, your child etc.

What if a parent makes the referral?

What if a parent makes the referral?

If a parental referral is received for a child in your school, we will contact you for additional information to support this. This will enable us to process the referral and guide the assessment and is important in ensuring that the child recieves the most appropriate care.

What happens after a referral has been made?

What happens after a referral has been made?

Once a referral is received, it is reviewed by the team and a decision is made about the type of assessment the child needs. Assessment could be a Triage appointment or a more Detailed First Assessment. We aim to see children in advance of the 18 week NHS waiting time target.

After the assessment, a decision is made about the best course of action for a child, which could include clinic sessions, a transfer to our mainstream school service or specialist service.