Paediatric speech and language therapy (Children)

What is paediatric speech and language therapy?
Paediatric speech and language therapy involves working with children who have communication, speech, swallowing and/or language difficulties.

Speech and language therapists are allied health professionals who aim to provide a high-quality, needs-led service to children and young people with communication and eating and drinking difficulties. Working in partnership with the children, their parents or carers, other health, education and social services professionals and voluntary bodies is integral in achieving this. 

Speech and language therapist work with children with:

  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Language delay
  • Specific language impairment
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Autism/social interaction difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Feeding and drinking difficulties. 

Take a look at the community services that we offer in :

  • Brent

  • Ealing

  • Harrow

    For information about communication disabilities in children, you can also visit:

Giving Voice Speech Therapy Logo

Giving Voice Campaign
Get involved and find out more about the Giving Voice Campaign run by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and find out about what campaigning we've been doing. 

Brent Community Service
The Brent paediatric speech and language therapy services are delivered out of five locations.

Willesden Centre for Health and Care
Tel. 020 8438 7275 

Wembley Centre for Health and Care
Tel. 020 8795 6331

Other clinic bases include; Monks Park, Chalk Hill, Kilburn. For more information visit the Brent Community Service pages here.

Ealing Community Service
If you’re going to a therapy session or a group, please check your invitation letter for the correct address. We work across Ealing, so your session may be at a different location to the previous one.

If you can’t find your letter, call us on 020 8825 8856. For more information visit the Ealing Community Service pages here.

Harrow Community Service
The Harrow speech and language therapy team is based in Chaucer Unit, on Level 3 of the main ward block at Northwick Park Hospital, but provide assessments and intervention on paediatric hospital wards both here and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

We work in partnerships with the children, their parents or carers, other health, education, and social services professionals and voluntary bodies. Intervention is carried out in the following settings:

If you have any direct queries or comments please contact 020 8869 3010 and for more information, visit the Harrow Community Service pages here. 

Brent Community Service

Fiona Weir, Principal Speech and Language Therapist.

Ealing Community Service

Karen Benedyk, Head of Speech and Language Therapy.

Harrow Community Service

Michelle Martin, Senior Medical Secretary

Kalpna Vekaria, Administration Manager

Maria Luscombe, Head of Paediatric Therapy Services 

Melanie Abba, Lead Principals Schools Team

Sophie Scott, Lead Principal Preschool/Acute Team

Catherine Sutcliffe, SLT Principal Special Ed Schools

Shiobain Corsie, Principal Speech and Language Therapist

Joanna Hickey, SLT Principal Secondary Schools

Lindsay Dixon, Principal Speech and Language Therapist

Belinda Bradley, Principal  Speech and Language Therapist.

Useful links

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
Professional body of and for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Giving Voice Campaign
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy launched the Giving Voice campaign as a vehicle through which members and their service users can demonstrate the unique, life-transforming and cost-saving work of the profession. 

The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust is a coalition of almost 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

British Stammering Association
Your first point of contact for impartial information and support on stammering, also known as stuttering.

Help Your Child to Talk
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists advice leaflet

I Can
Children’s communication charity helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.

Universally Speaking (Early years) - The ages and stages of children's communication from birth to 5 (The Communication trust)

Universally Speaking (School-aged) - The ages and stages of children's communication from 5 to 11 years (The Communication Trust) 

NHS Choices
Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.