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. You can find a list of private services on the ‘Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice’ website:

You may need to wait for an appointment. A recent survey showed that speech and language therapy services will normally offer a first appointment within 9 weeks of referral. Children may wait between 5-20 weeks for actual therapy to begin.

What will happen then?

A speech and language therapist will normally carry out a face-to-face assessment of your child’s speech, language and communication development including talking to you, teachers and other key adults.

Shortly after the assessment, the therapist will produce a report of her findings and make recommendations on the best way forward. The report and recommendations will be shared with whoever referred the child, the parents, the child or young person and, with parental permission, any others involved with the child. Often the therapist will meet with key people to agree the way forward.

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