The Leeds Children's Speech and Language Therapy service supports children and young people aged 0-19 years old, and up to age 25 in special circumstances (ie has Complex Needs requiring an EHCP) who have speech, language and communication difficulties. To access the service clients must have either a Leeds postcode, Leeds GP or pay their Council Tax to Leeds City Council.
The main focus of our work is to help young people develop the best possible communication skills they can in light of their difficulties. For some, this might be spoken communication but for others it might be learning to use communication aids or a signs / symbols / gestures approach.
Speech, language and communication needs might include problems with making speech sounds, understanding language, putting words together, voice (such as persistent hoarseness), stammering, feeding / swallowing, social communication skills or a mix of any of these. Sometimes these difficulties are alongside other problems such as learning difficulties but this is not always the case. Children might be born with these difficulties or acquire them as a result of illness or trauma.
The Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) will assess a child / young person’s communication skills before deciding how to support any difficulties and promote more effective communication.
SLTs usually work in partnership with others to help a child or young person to manage and develop their communication skills. This often means working with parents (and other family members), teachers, support assistants, respite staff, childcare workers or anybody that the child/young person has regular contact or support from.
The SLT service is able to offer training and coaching sessions which help people to understand the communication difficulty and provide them with ideas and strategies to help promote and maximise communication skills.
Just as useful, however, is the coaching a SLT might do with a parent around how to practise at home with their child or with a support assistant about how to deliver a SLT programme in school.
There are 10 different service lines to support a range of communication needs. To learn more about the interventions we provide, please select one of our leaflets by clicking on the link below:
The CSLT Toolkit is a set of resources that can be used by professionals or parents and carers as part of their therapy.
It is strongly advised that this resource is used in line with the Speech and Language Therapist's advice and guidance.
View the CSLT Toolkit here.
If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:
To access and complete the FFT click here >
To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >
If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >
The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.