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Who we are
We are a team of Speech and Language Therapists, Assistant Practitioners and Therapy Assistants who work with children and families to develop their speech, language, communication and / or feeding and swallowing.
Our mission statement is: If I treat your child today, I can treat them today. If I teach you to help your child, you can help them for a lifetime.
We believe that training and working through parents, carers and other professionals, and giving you the skills to support your children throughout their daily activities is the best way to support them to develop functional speech, language and communication skills.
The Children's Speech and Language Therapy service has an open referral system, meaning that we accept referrals from anyone - parents / carers and professionals.
Essential referral criteria:
- The child or young person is aged between 0 and 19 years
- The child or young person has a Knowsley GP
- The child has a speech, language, communication and / or feeding/swallowing difficulty which impacts on their functioning
When completing the referral form please fill in as much information as possible, including information about the impact the speech, language or communication difficulty is having on the child at home, in school or nursery, with their friends, or in other communication situations. We also require checklists for children of all ages to provide additional information alongside the referral.
Children under three years old should be referred to Chatterbox groups at their local children's centre. A Speech and Language Therapist attends the group and will assess your child in this setting and agree with you whether a further referral is needed. You will also learn some strategies to support your child to develop early language skills.
Please contact us to make or discuss a referral.
Goals will be set that your child needs to work on and our therapist will explain how much support they think your child will need to achieve these. You will be supported to work with your child to achieve these.
Therapy - This will be in clinic or sometimes at home or school. You will be shown activities to do with your child to help them achieve goals set.
We work with a parent support model where you will learn how to support your child with their speech, language and communication. Therapy staff will discuss with you how long it will take for you to achieve a target and ask you to contact them when this is achieved.
Review Appointment - You will be given activities to work on with your child and another appointment will be arranged to check their progress.
Group Therapy - You might be invited to attend a parent group with up to eight families where you will learn about your child's needs and how to support them.
Discharge - You and the therapist might decide that your child is doing well and doesn't need any help at the moment. You can always come back if you have any further concerns.
For some children, a further assessment session may be needed, which may take place in their school or nursery, or at home. This will be discussed and agreed with you.
You will also receive some written information about how to support your child and their goals after the session, which may be in a report or an email.
Dates for intervention will be discussed and agreed with you at your child's assessment session.
We provide a predominantly clinic based service, but some children and families may also be seen in school or nursery, at home or in another venue as discussed and agreed with you.
We provide clinics in all areas of Knowsley:
Your therapist will discuss the options for clinic venues and days with you, and you will be able to choose if there are venues, days or times that will work better for you.
If you can't attend an appointment, it is important that you let us know, so that we can arrange a new appointment with you. Your therapist will give you their contact details so you can contact them directly, as well as the contact details for the office.
If you do not let us know that you can't attend an appointment, you are likely to be discharged from the service and will need to complete a new referral form and wait for an appointment.
I CAN's talking point – Has lots of resources and information about supporting your child with their speech, language and communication.
National Literacy Trust - Has some information about what to expect of your child's speech, language and communication at different ages, as well as ways to support them (which are all available in a range of languages).
ICAN's communication trust - A group of charities supporting people working with children with speech, language and communication, including national campaigns.
I CAN – A charity supporting the development of speech, language and communication in schools and other educational settings, with a focus on training.
Stamma – The British Stammering Association, with lots of good information for parents and professionals about supporting people who stammer in childhood and adulthood.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists - our professional body, who do a lot of campaigning for children, young people and adults with speech, language and communication needs.
Knowsley family information service - Information about services for children and young people in Knowsley.