Offers a service to children from birth to 19 years with speech and language delays and disorders in Camden.
The service operates from a range of settings, including a child’s own home, children’s centres, nurseries, health centres, mainstream and special schools, and specialist units.
They work directly with children and families to assess children’s needs within 6 weeks of referral and to provide ongoing help or support as needed. They contribute to the assessment of children’s special educational needs, in partnership with parents and in collaboration with colleagues in health and education. In schools they work alongside teaching staff to ensure that the child has a programme which will help him/her take part in education and make progress. They work with children in different ways, for example providing therapy in the form of one-to-one sessions or small group work, training and working alongside others in the children’s workforce to support child/children.
They work collaboratively with other health and education colleagues. Children remain in the care of the service for as long as they need to, depending on whether their needs are short or longer term. They have clear criteria for when a child should be discharged from the direct care of the Speech and Language Therapist.