Our service provides speech and language therapy to children and young people aged 0-19, with identified and persistent speech, language and communication needs.
We are jointly funded by the NHS, and Norfolk County Council and provide specialist assessment, advice and intervention for children with a range of difficulties
We aim to work flexibly with children, parents and carers, schools and early years settings, to achieve the best outcomes for your child.
About the service
When our Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) meet your child, they will plan your child's next steps with you.
These will be agreed with you and staff to ensure the best outcomes for your child. The SLT will carry out another assessment if your child's needs change and provide new advice.
Some children may only need to be seen once by a SLT and then can be supported by using indirect therapy. Other children may receive support over several years. If the SLT thinks your child will require further support in the future, they will advise you how and when to request this. At this point your child’s care may be transferred to their setting Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) whilst advice is implemented by them
Young people with complex speech, language and communication needs who need SLT beyond the age of 19, can start to plan their transition to adult speech and language therapy services in Year 14.
Therapy aims to support development of the best possible communication skills for the individual child or young person. For some children and young people this may be using speech and spoken language. Other youngsters can most effectively communicate through a range of signs, symbols, and other communication aids. The Speech and Language Therapist will agree a plan with you to meet your child’s needs.
If your child needs more help than we can provide we will let you know.
How we are organised
These are groups of staff who work in the same geographical area and ensure service is provided as locally as possible. This helps us build excellent working relationships with school and early years settings. Teams include Speech and Language Therapists and Clinical Support Workers.
Each locality team has a ‘Pathway Link Therapist’ for every clinical pathway. These are staff members who have a particular clinical interest or responsibility. Every clinical pathway is represented in each locality team. This means all staff can access clinical advice and contribute to service development.
We have 8 clinical pathways/specialisms;
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
- Social Communication Difficulties
- Deaf Children and Young People
- Stammering (Dysfluency)
- Eating and Drinking Difficulties (Dysphagia)
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
- Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Disorder
- Additional Needs (Complex Needs)
Take a look at 'What are Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)?' for more information about each clinical area.
We provide regular liaison time with all Norfolk Infant, Junior and Primary schools. This aims to support them in providing communication rich environments supporting children with SLCN and accessing speech and language therapy when appropriate. This liaison time ranges from half termly visits to yearly telephone discussions based on the needs of their students.
School liaison is only provided in Norfolk. We offer a programme of training for all early years providers and schools. For more information visit 'Training & Courses'