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FAQs

Some children are ‘late talkers’ and will catch up with other children of their own age, but some don’t. It all depends on the child and what type of difficulties he/she might have. If a child isn’t communicating at a similar level to his/her peers, it is always best to have the child’s speech, language and communication assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist to see what support the child may need.


If you want advice from a Speech and Language Therapist, please visit one of our drop-in sessions

Yes – there is no minimum age for referral. If parents are unsure if their child needs a referral and would like advice about their child’s speech and language development, then they can attend one of our monthly drop-in sessions

Any health professional or educational professional can refer a child to Speech and Language Therapy. Please speak to your Health Visitor, Community Nursery Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Paediatrician or GP about making a referral. If your child attends nursery, a Children’s Centre or goes to school then staff there can also refer into the speech and language therapy service. In most cases, we use a form called an Early Help Assessment Plan (EHAP) to facilitate a child’s referral to Speech and Language Therapy services. For more information on EHAPs, please visit the Family Information Service websiteor call Ealing’s Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588.

If you are unsure whether your child needs a referral and would like to speak to a Speech and Language Therapist first then please attend one of our monthly drop-in sessions

Your GP needs to be based in Ealing or be commissioned by the Ealing’s Care Commissioning Group (CCG) in order to access Speech and Language Therapy services in Ealing. Please check first if your child’s GP falls under the Ealing CCG before making a referral.

Yes. We strongly recommend that you get your child’s hearing tested again if you have concerns about their speech and language development. Any health professional (e.g. GP, health visitor) can make a referral to Audiology services for a hearing test.

Waiting times can vary but we endeavour to offer your child an appointment within 6 weeks of receiving the referral. You will receive a letter in the post advising you of the date, time and location of your child’s assessment. You will also be sent a parent questionnaire to complete – please fill this in and bring it to the assessment.

Assessments can take place in a range of settings including a health centre/clinic, children’s centre, nursery or school. You will be notified in advance about where your child’s assessment will take place.

Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel and re-arrange the appointment by calling 020 8825 8856 to speak with the Speech and Language therapy admin team. If you do not attend the assessment appointment and give us no notice, then your child will be discharged from Speech and Language Therapy. 

 

You and your child will meet with a Speech and Language Therapist with whom you can discuss your concerns about your child’s speech and language development. The Speech and Language Therapist will ask you questions about your child’s development and will also observe/assess your child’s communication skills. At the end of the appointment, the Speech and Language Therapist will feed back to you about your child’s strengths and needs and will discuss the next steps with you.

The therapist will advise you as to whether your child needs to be waitlisted for therapy. The therapist will also advise you of strategies to help support your child. It is important that any recommended activities or strategies are carried out at home on a regular basis to see maximum progress.     

As well as following the therapist’s suggestions from the initial assessment, there are a range of online activities to further support your child’s language and communication.

For information on workshops and training events

Therapy can take place in a range of settings including a health centre/clinic, children’s centre, nursery or school. You will be notified in advance about where your child’s therapy will take place.

If your child has been discharged and you still have further concerns after the Speech and Language Therapy recommendations have been implemented, they can be re-referred into the service by any health professional or education practitioner. 


If you have been discharged for missing your initial assessment appointment, then please contact the person who referred your child to ask them to re-refer to Speech and Language Therapy services. 


Please note that it is important that any previous recommendations or activities given by the Speech and Language Therapist have been carried out on a regular basis before making a re-referral.