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Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

The Children's Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) services aim to help your child to communicate to the best of their ability.

The East Cheshire Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service supports children and young people 0–16 years old, who have speech, language and communication difficulties and/ or feeding and swallowing difficulties. In order to access the service, clients must have a GP within the geographical area covered by East Cheshire NHS Trust.

Speech, language and communication needs might include problems with making speech sounds, understanding and using language, stammering, voice (persistent hoarseness), social interaction skills, feeding and swallowing difficulties.

The Speech and Language Therapist will assess the child/ young person's strengths and needs. The therapist will sometimes use a formal standardised assessment but may also use informal assessments i.e. observation to inform the decision making on the best way to support and develop the child/ young person’s communications skills. They will then provide advice, intervention and training if this is seen to be appropriate. The Speech and Language Therapist will work closely with parents/ carers’; discussing the child’s needs and provide coaching on ways in which to practise activities at home with their child.

The Speech and Language Therapist will work collaboratively with other professions; teachers, support assistants, nursery staff or others who the child has regular contact or support from. The Speech and Language Therapist will discuss the child/ young person’s needs to help others understand the nature of the difficulties and provide them with ideas and strategies to help promote and maximise his/ her communication skills.

How to contact us:

Paediatric Therapy Services, Pavilion House, Pavilion Way, Macclesfield, SK10 3LU

Tel: 01625 661881


Support and Resources Available

  • Early Years SALT referral checklist
  • East Cheshire NHS Children's Speech and Language Therapy Facebook click here.
  • East Cheshire Local Offer click here.
  • East Cheshire has published their 0-5 pathway for children with speech, language, and communication needs. This sets out the support available to families and educational settings. In most cases, this support should be in place before a referral to speech and language therapy is made Communication and Language (
  • There are a number of charities and organisations that provide information and support for children with speech, language, and communication needs. If you are concerned about your child stammering you can find support here Welcome to Stamma | STAMMA’. For general information about speech and language visit Speech and Language UK: Changing young lives or Home - Afasic. Please note that the trust is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Referral Forms

If you are making a communication and a feeding and swallowing referral, you will need to complete both of the forms below.

Communication Referral Form (Non-Education)

Please complete this form if you are a parent/guardian or a health professional.
Please attach relevant clinical letters.

What happens next?

  • A clinician will review the referral and decide if it meets our service criteria.
  • If the referral does not meet the criteria or there is information missing the referral will be rejected and the person who made the referral will be notified.
  • All referrals will be rejected if parental consent is not evident.
Communication referrals
  • If the referral is accepted the child will be placed on a waiting list for an initial assessment. Once the child is at the top of the list the family will be sent an ‘opt in’ letter. This will ask them to call to book an appointment and they will be given a choice of days/times/locations. The family can choose what is most convenient for them.
  • If the family does not opt in within the specified timeframe the child will be discharged and you will be informed.
Feeding and swallowing referrals
  • Once accepted the referral will be triaged and an appointment will be made based on the urgency of the referral.

Please note that if an appointment is made but the family do not attend the child will be discharged. If you have any questions please call 01625 661881.