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Due to the current COVID 19 crisis, Children’s Community Speech and Language Therapy is now closed to Routine New Referrals. Any referral received that has been triaged as non-urgent will be returned to the referrer to manage in the interim.  We will  update  when we are able to accept routine referrals again.  During the COVID-19 outbreak we will not be seeing our current clients face to face, however we will be carrying out telephone reviews.  You will be contacted by our admin team or a speech and language therapist if you have been referred or have an appointment for your child to be reviewed.

Temporary closure of the Early Years Centre

Please note the the Early Years Centre is now closed for refurbishment.
During this time please contact:

Jill Gisby (Clinical Team Leader)
Email: Jill.Gisby@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Mobile: 07825 831059

Del Reid (Team Administrator)
Email: Del.Reid@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Mobile: 07826 531957

During the closure, all post for the Early Years Centre should now be posted to:

Children’s Therapies
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PN

If you have any queries in the meantime, please email:

marian.williams@stgeorges.nhs.uk or ruth.owens@stgeorges.nhs.uk.  We will return your email or if you would prefer, please detail a suitable time to call you and the number to call you on.  Alternatively please leave a voicemail on 0208 812 4023.  This voicemail will be checked on a regular basis throughout the pandemic.

If you wish to make a referral to our service:

Any parent/carer with a Wandsworth GP can refer their child. To self refer: 0208 812 4023 (St John’s) or: stgh-tr.commpaedsltreferrals@nhs.net

This service has an open referral system. This means that anyone can refer, including parents. Please download and fill in the referral form. (Word)

The referral can also come from any medical or educational professional via EHITS.

Further contacts:

Jo Hardman, Deputy Head of Children’s Therapies and Early Years Lead
joanna.hardman@stgeorges.nhs.uk

Jo Harrington Hill, Clinical Team Leader for Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools and Resource Bases, jo.harrington-hill@stgeorges.nhs.uk

We recognise that support for your child’s speech and language therapy needs is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our team has put together a special Makaton message for all the families across the borough that we work with. We really miss working face to face with you, but want to remind you that we are still here to help in this difficult time.

Below are some links to helpful resources for parents and carers to access during this time.

Resources to support you to address children’s concerns about the coronavirus

 

Coronavirus newsletter (primary and secondary aged children

Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus – Nurse Dotty book

https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/

Healthy home practices during Covid-19 lockdown

Coronavirus explained in Makaton – YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OS8vbjr2-Q&feature=youtu.be

FYI Free Coronavirus book for 5-9yr olds illustrated by Gruffalo guy

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Aided Language Display for Coronovirus

Other resources for home learning:

Recommended free apps and offline games for children and families to play at home

BBC’s ‘Tiny Happy People’ for early years. Here are the online links. Includes activity ideas to support play/language for different age groups and information for parents too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/activities/zjh8hbk

http://thinkingtalking.co.uk/free-resources-schools-families/

https://ican.org.uk/news/resources-for-home-learning-and-helping-childrens-understanding/

In our resource bases our Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) provide a high level of support for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties. Smallwood Language Unit supports primary school aged children whose primary need is a significant communication difficulty. Follow this link to see how the SLTs are supporting the children in Smallwood Language Unit whilst the school is closed –

https://padlet.com/joannepps/xcb9icoz1tlq

Stammering information for parents and carers

Stammering – Information for parents

Stammering – Information for teachers

Makaton – Top Tips

Simple Emotional Regulation 

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Movie Time Social Learning  

Pretend Play – Top Tips 

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Key Word Level Instructions  

Lego Therapy (and how to adapt it)

Barrier Games  

Blanks Levels of Questioning