Community Speech and Language Therapy in Liverpool
Our Liverpool community service work with children from the Liverpool area, in collaboration with parents or carers and an educational setting like their school. Our evidence tells us this approach leads to the best outcomes for the child.
Children learn from parents, teachers, friends and family so it’s really important we work collaboratively with everyone in the child’s life to get the best outcomes.
A referral to the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service is a request to work collaboratively. This means the SLT service working in partnership with parents/carers and educational settings to achieve the best outcomes for your child.
To be seen by a Speech and Language Therapist from the Liverpool community team, your child will need to have a Liverpool G.P and you will need a referral for your child to be completed by one of our designated referrers.
Children can be referred to the Liverpool Community Speech and Language Therapy Service by:
- Health Visiting Team
- Child Health Practitioners
- SEN Disability Link Workers (Children's Centres)
- Schools and Nurseries
- Paediatricians (Children's Doctor)
- Educational Psychologists
- Other Speech and Language Therapists
It is important that you talk to a designated referrer first if you have concerns about your child’s speech, language and communication development. They may be able to offer you advice and strategies which answer your questions or resolve your concerns so you don’t need to see us. If, however, you have tried lots of ideas and are still worried, your child may need to see a Speech and Language Therapist.
A designated referrer can talk with you and complete the referral form. This is the first stage in gathering information about your child’s communication and development and any concerns you or the setting might have. We also need to know what you have tried already; what is worrying you the most; and how you think speech and language therapy could help.
How can I help my child?
If you are worried about your child’s speech and language or communication skills, there are lots of ways you can help before a referral is considered.
Family/Children’s Centres run lots of early listening and language activities. It might be useful to speak with the SEN Disability Link Worker or the Children’s Centre manager.
If your child is in school, you can talk to the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) about your concerns. The SENCo may have some ideas about what help is available to support your child’s needs, This might include additional school activities, school support, advice on things you can do at home, and general information on how your child’s language and communication skills can be developed alongside their general learning in the classroom.
If your child is not yet at school, your Health Visitor can also give you some advice about speech, language and communication development
Here you can find some general advice on ways to support your child’s speech, language and communication. You can find further information on the recommended websites above or you can contact us.