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Speech and Language Therapy

Good communication skills allow us to play our part in family, education, work and community life. Speech and language therapy supports children and young people with communication difficulties to reach their potential.

We offer support to children and young people of all ages; from new born babies to children in school, through to the transition to adult services. As well as helping with communication we work with eating, drinking, and swallowing difficulties.

Our friendly and highly skilled team of speech and language therapists and assistant practitioners provide support in a variety of settings. We aim to tailor our service around each individual and their needs. We work in clinics, schools, hospitals and clients' own homes across the locality.

While most of our referrals come from GP's, schools, hospitals and health visitors, we run an open referral system. This means you can refer yourself or your child by contacting us directly.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Speech and Language Therapy Department
Telephone
01429 522717
E-mail
nth-tr.sltadmin@nhs.net
Website
www.nth.nhs.uk/.../children

Where to go

Name
Speech and Language Therapy Department
Address
University Hospital Hartlepool
Holdforth Road
Hartlepool
Postcode
TS24 9AH
Notes

This isĀ our address for correspondence only - we see children and families in a range of clinics, schools and early years settings across Stockton.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We have an open referral system - anyone can refer to our service, including parents and carers. Please phone us to find out more.

Local Offer

Description

We work with children and young people, from birth to 19 years old, who have speech, language and communication needs or difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing. As well as occuring on their own, these difficulties are common in children who have other diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties or cerebral palsy. Speech, language and communication needs might include difficulties in:

  • Making the sounds needed for your speech to be understood by other people
  • Putting words and sentences together to ask for something, tell a story or hold a conversation
  • Making sense of what other people say to you
  • Understanding and using body language and eye contact
  • Stammering, where sounds or words are repeated or need a lot of effort to produce
  • A persistently unusual voice quality, which might sound harsh, breathy or hoarse

As well as working directly with children and young people we support their families and carers, their teachers and other adults around them. We aim to help children develop  their best possible communication skills, taking into account their individual abilities and needs.

We also aim to help educate the wider population to understand and promote children's language development, and we provide training and support to a wide range of professionals who work with the children.

Contact Name
Lisa Piggott
Contact Telephone
01429 522717
Contact Email
nth-tr.sltadmin@nhs.net
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary
Primary
Early Years
Transition to Adulthood
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

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