What to do if you are worried about your child’s
speech, language or communication
- Discuss your concerns
with your child’s Health Visitor,
teacher or SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
Any of these professionals can make a referral to your
local NHS Speech and language therapy service.
you can refer your child yourself, as all UK Speech and
language therapy services accept referrals
from parents. This is true for NHS and private speech and
language therapists (sometimes called ‘Independent
speech and language therapists’). You can find the
contact details of your local NHS service through the Royal
College of Speech and Language Therapists (R.C.S.L.T.).
If you wish to find an independent therapist, have a look
at the Association
of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
- Speech and language therapists
would always prefer to be in the position of reassuring
parents that all is well,
than risk missing a child who does have a problem. Remember
- early intervention is very important for children with
communication difficulties. You do not have to wait until
you think your child should be talking to contact a therapist
if you have concerns about their communication.
a look at the links on this website for addresses of
organizations which might be able to help you and
provide more information.