The children’s speech and language therapy team provide support to children and young people aged 0-18 years who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) which affects eating or drinking.
We assess children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills and work with them alongside their parents and teachers, to help them communicate to the best of their ability.
Who do we work with?
We assess and provide advice for children who have:
What other professionals do we work with?
As speech and language therapists we work closely with other agencies and professionals to help children reach their communication potential.
People we work with include doctors, teachers and other educational staff, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
We work in a variety of settings including:
We work with children and young people who live in Barnsley or are registered with a Barnsley GP, who meet our referral criteria.
Speech and language therapy aims to:
All children and young people referred to the service will be assessed and offered a package of care to meet their needs. Once the package of care is complete the child or young person will be discharged from the service.
Children can be re-referred if clinically needed.
A speech and language therapist may need to see the child/young person to carry out a specific programme of work.
Usually the speech and language therapist advises on some practice or activity to be carried out by the child or young person’s parents/carer or school staff. We ask when referring a child to speech and language therapy that parents/carers understand they will need to make a commitment to attend appointments and carry out daily practice.
Training may be required as part of a child’s package of care. School staff and/or parents/carers will be offered a place on training courses provided by the service.
The service is committed to training and educating people who work with children to enable them to support speech and language development in early years with the aim of reducing the incidence and impact of speech and language delay.
To find out more about the children’s speech and language team explore the pages in the menu on the left or visit South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s website
Please ring our main office on 01226 644331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give your child’s full name and your name and your telephone number
Please keep in mind that if you cancel a lot, we will discharge your child.
At your first appointment the therapist will talk to you and your child about your concerns. The therapist will ask you about your child’s early history, including details about pregnancy, birth, milestones, early sounds, first words and sentences, and eating and drinking. First appointments will last approximately 30-45 minutes.
The therapist will spend some time playing or talking with your child. It is helpful for the child to expect to be coming to play some games rather than be told he or she must ‘talk to the person’. You may like to encourage your child to bring a favourite small toy or book to share with the therapist.
At the end of the appointment the therapist will give advice about your child’s communication and what steps need to be taken. Quite often they will give you some ideas for activities that you can do with your child at home.