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 Language Therapy published papers and clinical guidelines in 2006, on what works for supporting children with SLCN, including those with particular conditions such as Autism, which draws on evidence of what works. Parents can ask their local speech and language therapy service for copies or get in touch with RCSLT ( /Tel: 020 7378 3012) for more information. Some documents are available to the public via

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