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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.

Support and Resources Available
For parents and guardians
For nursery/pre-school staff
For school staff
For the health visiting team
How to contact us:

 Therapy Services Department, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BL

 Tel: 01625 661875

 Fax: 01625 661482

 Email: ecn-tr.therapyservices@nhs.net

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Referral Form

If you need help to read and complete this referral form, please contact the department on 01625 661881.

PLEASE ENSURE ALL REQUIRED QUESTIONS ARE COMPLETED

If these questions are not completed, an error message will appear when you attempt to submit the form, and any files you have uploaded throughout the form will be deleted and will need to be reuploaded.

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A) Referrer Details

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B) Consent

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If you have answered yes to the above question, please download a parental consent form by clicking here.

C) The Child

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Other agencies involved currently
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D) The Family

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Is the family receiving any additional support above the universal offer?

E) Reason for Referral

Educational staff and parents/family will be required to carry out the child’s care plan. By completing this referral you confirm that parents/family, or staff in education, are aware they will be expected to carry out care plans and advice as advised by the SLT.

Please select yes or no to the following areas of concern in order to indicate to staff what your reason for referral is today

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If you have answered yes, please download a swallowing form here.

F) The impact on the child

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What are you hoping for from SALT involvement with this child?
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G) What has already been tried?

For a summary of available support for children with speech, language and communication needs, please see resource list above this form.

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PELEASE ENSURE ALL REQUIRED QUESTIONS ARE COMPLETED

If these questions are not completed, an error message will appear when you attempt to submit the form, and any files you have uploaded throughout the form will be deleted and will need to be reuploaded.

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.
  • 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. Please note that if an appointment is made but the family do not attend the child will be discharged.
  • If the family does not opt in within the specified timeframe the child will be discharged and you will be informed. The service requires parental consent and engagement.
  • If you have any questions please call 01625 661881.