Speech and language therapy and additional support needs

alt=""Kim Hartley, Scottish Officer for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) explains how speech and language therapists work with children and young people with additional support needs.

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) are the most common difficulty faced by children. On average two children in every classroom (6%) will have difficulties. This rises to 50% of children from deprived communities.

In Scotland, around 700 speech and language therapists work for babies, toddlers, children and young people with SLCN and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

The information below provides answers to some of the questions parents, teachers or other professionals may have about speech and language therapy including: how to make a referral; how decisions are made about speech and language therapy; how services are provided; and what to do if you are not happy with your speech and language therapy service.

How do I make a referral for speech and language therapy?

If you are worried about your child’s speech or language development or you are concerned that it is impacting on their behaviour, you can make a referral by calling your local Speech and Language Therapy Manager.  You can find their contact details by calling your local health board or asking your GP or health visitor. [read more...]

How are decisions about speech and language therapy made?

Decisions about the best way forward are based on the needs of the child and on published evidence of best practice i.e. quality research showing how best to help children develop speech, language and communication; professional ethics and codes of practice as well as national law, policy and guidelines. The Royal College of Speech and [read more...]

How are speech and language therapy services provided?

The aim of all speech and language therapy is to ensure that children and young people get the best chance to develop speech, language and communication to their full, natural potential. Another aim is to ensure the skills they already have are working well for them, whilst developing the new skills they need. If a [read more...]

What can I do if I am unhappy with speech and language therapy services?

As the above description highlights, speech, language and communication development and speech and language therapy is a partnership between the therapist, the child, their parents, teachers and other key adults.  However, if you have any queries or concerns about the speech and language therapy your child is receiving you have the right, and are strongly [read more...]

What are the effect of cuts to speech and language therapy services?

Speech and language therapy services, like many other public services, are under severe strain due to public spending cuts which often lead to restrictions. The RCSLT, speech and language therapists and many others are all campaigning to protect current levels of service from further cuts. Support for this campaign is both encouraged and very welcome. [read more...]

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