Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Warrington – Making a referral

ReferralsHow to refer:

We have an open referral process, this means that anyone can refer to the Speech and Language Therapy service including parent /carers, education and healthcare professionals.

Please obtain parent/carer permission first and enclose a signed consent form:

Who can I refer?

Children from 0-16 years (0-19 years if attending special schools) who have difficulties in the following areas:

Understanding of language, Spoken language, Speech sounds, Stammering, Voice problems, Attention and listening difficulties, Social communication difficulties, Feeding and swallowing difficulties, Hearing impairment

Any difficulty with communication can impact social interaction and academic development.

Many children will not naturally grow out of their difficulties without some level of Speech and Language Therapy intervention ranging from:

  1. Detailed assessment
  2. Advice and coaching to parents/carers, nurseries or school
  3. A programme of therapy.

Therapy involves closely working with parents, health visitors, schools and many others.

Speech and Language Therapists work primarily with children to assist their communication, language and speech development. Some therapists have specialised training to assist children with eating and drinking skills.

This may be because:

  • They have a problem with their swallowing (dysphagia)
  • They are over-sensitive to food / touch in and around their mouths
  • They need help to learn to eat and drink independently

What happens after referral?

Once a child has been referred their Parents/Carer will be sent a letter asking them to contact the department and arrange an initial appointment.

Parents/Carers must reply to this letter so that they can book an appointment. 

If parents/carers do not contact the department, the child/young person will be discharged. An appointment will be offered at a choice of clinics within Warrington.

Initial assessment will be in clinic and the therapist may use informal or formal assessments using toys and pictures.

The SLT will ask what parent/carer feels about their child’s language and how it impacts their child.

The SLT will explain findings, next steps and ways the child can be helped.  Advice and strategies will be provided to parents/carers to use at home in everyday activities.

In order to offer integrated, high quality services for children, we share information about the outcomes of assessments and recommended strategies with preschools, nurseries and schools. This is to ensure everyone involved knows how to support the child/ young person. We feel this will greatly help your child, but it you do not wish information to be shared you may withdraw your consent at any time.