Speech & language therapy (children’s)
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The pandemic necessitated many of our staff to be redeployed to support ITU services but we are pleased to say they have now returned to their regular posts. Please bear with us as we work through our waiting lists and resume normal services.
The service has now reopened and is accepting referrals. If you are offered a face-to-face session, for everyone’s safety the therapist will be wearing PPE. You may like to show your children the video/s below:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This service has an open referral system. This means that anyone can refer, including parents. Please download and fill in the referral form. If you have trouble opening or saving this document, please email email@example.com.
The referral can also come from any medical or educational professional via EHITS.
Jo Hardman, Deputy Head of Children’s Therapies and Early Years Lead
Jo Harrington Hill, Clinical Team Leader for Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools and Resource Bases, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Early Years Centre has now reopened and is now accepting referrals:
Jill Gisby (Clinical Team Leader)
Mobile: 0208 9479025
Del Reid (Team Administrator)
Mobile: 07826 531957
All post for the Early Years Centre should now be posted to:
1 Siward Road
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
Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus – Nurse Dotty book
Coronavirus explained in Makaton – YouTube video
FYI Free Coronavirus book for 5-9yr olds illustrated by Gruffalo guy
Other resources for home learning:
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.
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 –
Stammering information for parents and carers
Makaton – Top Tips
Simple Emotional Regulation
Movie Time Social Learning
Pretend Play – Top Tips
Key Word Level Instructions
Lego Therapy (and how to adapt it)
Blanks Levels of Questioning
Selective Mutim Awareness in Schools
Thank you to Gillian Hibbs (Speech & Language Therapy Assistant) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for editing the recording.