Referral to Speech and Language Therapy

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 website  or 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. See Support available page.

An appointment letter is going to be sent to you within 6 weeks of us receiving the referral. 

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 also give you some advice on how to support your child at home. It is important to carry out the advice provided in order for your child to develop their skills further. 

Parents are a vital part of therapy and children would not make progress just with the speech and language therapist’s input alone. 

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.     

You will also be invited to a Communication Workshop, which will provide you with further advice and strategies on how to support your child. This workshop is only for parents and no crèche is available. You will have to arrange your own private childcare in order to attend. 

You have to attend this session; otherwise your child will not be seen for therapy. Interpreters can be arranged if you let us know in advance. 

As parents you know your children best and you see them every day which makes you a very important part of their development. 

In order for them to make progress, you need to follow the therapist’s suggestions from the initial assessment.

In addition, there are a range of online activities to further support your child’s language and communication. Visit How to help your child page.

More information on available workshops and training events