Bucks Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

When we have children of our own we sometimes feel that we need help in supporting them develop the skills needed to interact with others.  

We are now part of a new integrated Children and Young People's Therapy service, combining SLT, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy together. 

If you would like to check the progress of a child’s communication skills, you can use the Progress Checker on the Talking Point website. Once you have done this, you can come back to our Buckinghamshire Speech and Language Therapy website and look at activities for the suggested areas using our Communication Carousel

The Communication Carousel includes activities and resources linked to each area and level of development.

The website is full of helpful information and activities to support families and staff in the children’s wider workforce to help children develop communication skills, regardless of whether a referral for specialist support is needed.

If after completing the progress checker and attempting the activities on the Communication Carousel you still have any concerns about your child’s speech and language you can make a referral.

Early Years referral

If your child is under five and you are worried he/she is not saying enough words, you can talk to an SLT at one of the Stay and Play sessions at many of the local Children's Centres. Alternatively, it may be better for you to access a face-face assessment by booking a Screening Clinic appointment. The Screening Clinics have allocated slots, so we are only able to see people who have called to arrange a slot. Please phone us to discuss what will be best for you and your child 01296 566045

Please bring the following to your Screening Clinic appointment:

  • A completed and signed referral form.
  • Any other professional reports, for example, Paediatrician, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, other SLT reports.
  • Your child’s Red NHS Baby Book.
  • Written parental permission if the child is brought by anyone other than a parent.

At the short Screening Clinic appointment the therapist will briefly assess your child and give advice

  • The session gives you an opportunity to discuss your concerns about your child.
  • The therapist will find out about your child’s needs through observation and/or assessment, and may offer a further appointment.
  • You may need to return for a longer assessment appointment with your child.
  • You may be directed to organisations that support children and young people with specific needs and again the Bucks SLT website provides useful information on available specialist support.
  • You will be given a short written summary for you to refer to and share with your child’s preschool setting or school. This will help provide coordinated care for your child.

You will start the therapy with your child at home immediately after the screening appointment, following the advice the therapist gives you.

The main emphasis is on working with parents, families, staff in preschool or school, so they are able to build skills to support your child day to day. If further therapy is needed, you may be required to attend a parent talk followed by someone to one sessions or a group. Bucks SLT staff now aim to see most children in a setting (Children’s Centre, pre-school or school) so they can help staff in those settings to apply communication strategies on a daily basis.

SALT

Who to contact

Contact Name
Michele Gasper
Contact Position
Head of Service, Children's Therapy Services (and SLT)
Telephone
E-mail
buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net
Website
Speech and Language Therapy Services for children and young people (Buckinghamshire)

Where to go

Name
Various venues including: Oakridge Health Centre in High Wycombe, Amersham Hospital and Rayner's Hedge in Aylesbury
Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

We have 3 bases, listed above, for Central, South and North teams, respectively.

All Children's Young People's Therapy services can be contacted via one telephone number: 01296 566045.

We have one referral form available for all 3 therapies, which is available on our website for CYP Therapies: http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Children-and-young-people/

The referral form can be found on each of the pages for OT, SLT and PT. 

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
8:30am to 5pm

Other Details

Cost Description

There are no costs to access our service

Age Ranges
From 0 years to 19 years
Facilities
British Sign Language (BSL)

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We have an open referral system i.e. parents can refer their own children either via schools, EY settings, Children's Centres or by direct contact with bases by phone or email. We accept referrals from all partners in health, education and social care. Referral forms are available via our website http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Children-and-young-people/ "Contact" sections. Schools, additionally, can discuss concerns with their Link SLTs

Local Offer

Description

Speech and Language Therapy aims to improve speech, language and communication skills in children and young people. The focus for the service is to enable families and staff in all sectors working with children, to know how best to develop skills in their children and/or children they work with.

Speech and Language Therapists work with children with a range of communication difficulties including:

  • Attention and listening
  • Receptive language
  • Expressive language
  • Vocabulary and word finding
  • Selective mutism
  • Social communications
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Stammering
  • Eating and drinking difficulties

The Speech and Language Therapists develop a programme of work together with the child, family, Early Years/School teaching staff and Specialist Teaching Service.

This may involve training the team who see the child regularly, giving advice to the setting and family, seeing the child individually or within small groups.

Contact Name
Linda Edwards, Office Manager
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
Needs Level
Speech Language & Communication Needs
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)
You Said We Did

Parents said that they would like to have one referral form for all three therapies, rather than having to reproduce information for the 3 therapies. We have now succeeded in developing a new joint referral form, which is now available on our website for use by parents and by all agencies referring into our CYP Therapies service. 

Please go to OT, PT or SLT pages on our CYP Therapies website: http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Children-and-young-people/ 

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Speech, language and communication difficulties and problems with eating and drinking.

We also support children with selective mutism, stammering and communication needs associated with a wide range of medical and/or educational needs. 

We work closely with our therapy colleagues in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, and the whole service engages closely with colleagues from education, health and social care. 

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Improved communication skills in a wide range of areas. Specific outcomes are tailored to each individual child's needs, in discussion with the child (wherever possible through goal-based outcomes), family, other professionals where involved and education staff.

How can children & young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

Access Bucks SLT Service via our website: http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Children-and-young-people/. On our website we have a Communication Carousel which anyone can access giving information on a range of needs and activity sheets to begin supporting your child. We also have a link to the Progress Checker from the website run by Talking Point (National charity for children with speech, language and communication difficulties under ICAN). Parents of staff can use this to check a child's skills and to help decide if they need to see a Speech & Language Therapist or not.

Please see our website for ideas and activities as well as news.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families for example, facilities, support from staff?

Community facilities in clinics are suitable for disabled people. Otherwise we mainly work in schools and Early Years settings as well as people's homes, so we can access people with disabilities in the environment which best suits them. We also have staff with Makaton signing skills and BSL signing. We offer a wide range of training to staff working within the children's workforce, in order to better support children and their families. 

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

We have a new Stakeholders group which meets 3 times/year with an independent Chair, and we would very much appreciate hearing from any  EY/School staff who would like to join this group, as well as other education, health or social care staff. The purpose of the group is to support how the service develops, and help ensure it is a responsive and is providing a high quality service for the Bucks community.

We also have a new Parent Engagement Group aimed specifically at engaging with parents to hear their concerns and to make best use of discussions with parents to support the development of the new integrated CYP Therapies service. 

Please contact Amanda Sillitoe or Michele Gasper (Heads of Service for CYP Therapies) to discuss joining either of these groups. Tel: 01296 566045 or via email: buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net 

 

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

Our Speech and Language Therapists all hold professional qualifications and are regulated under the Health and Care Professions Council. Our support staff receive in-house training, external job-specific training as required and organisational training under Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, our employer.

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision for example, training, facilities?

We have continued to develop our training programmes and will be putting more information on our website about these programmes, as well as new training modules which will be accessed via our website. In addition, we are planning to develop a Member's Log in area on the website which will allow information to be posted securely for an individual person for a child's benefit. We are also developing a Skype therapy project which will give alternative means of accessing support and advice.

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20/02/2019

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