The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy service in Lancaster and Morecambe provides specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of communication difficulties for children and young people aged 0 to 16 years old. We may occasionally see slightly older children.
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy service is for children with speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties.
This might include:
- Children who are taking longer than expected to learn to talk
- Children with limited vocabulary, who struggle to form sentences, or who get their words and sentences muddled up.
- Children who find it difficult to understand what others are saying.
- Children who struggle to communicate socially with others.
- Children who struggle to say certain sounds or make themselves understood.
- Children who stammer.
- Children who have problems with their voice.
Some children have difficulties with managing food and drink. There is a feeding and swallowing service which provides advice for some children who have more complex difficulties with managing food and drink. (General advice on weaning, picky eating or mealtime behavioural issues is provided by your Health Visitor.)
The Speech and Language Therapy team will work in a variety of settings and they work in close partnership with the child, their family and other professionals such as teachers, nursery staff, health visitors and Early Years workers, to promote positive outcomes for all children. All Speech and Language Therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council https://www.hcpc-uk.org/ as the national regulatory body. Our professional body is the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists https://www.rcslt.org/
Anne-Marie Casement, Speech and Language Therapist
Becky Roshanfekr, Speech and Language Therapist
Dawn Richards, Speech and Language Therapist
Karen Cross, Speech and Language Therapist
Karen Kelly, Speech and Language Therapist
Kimberley Harrison, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Maja Moller, Speech and Language Therapist
Mandy Blair, Speech and Language Therapist
Mike Phillips, Speech and Language Therapist
Rachel Klein, Speech and Language Therapist
Sophie Barlow, Speech and Language Therapist
Trisha Wilkinson, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Anyone can refer a child to this service by completing the referral form. This includes Health Visitors, GPs, Medical Consultants, teachers and parents.
If you are worried about your child’s speech and language a referral for should be completed. Some things that may be addressed include: issues with speech clarity (speech sounds), early language delay (2 - 3 years), concerns with understanding of language, concerns with use of spoken language, feeding / swallowing, stammering, quality of voice.
If your child has more significant speech and language needs then they should be referred for initial assessment at one of our clinics. This may be for significant concerns with clarity of speech, significant concerns with understanding and/or use of spoken language, social skills / interaction, feeding / swallowing, stammering (8 years+), attention and listening.
You do not need to go to your GP to get a referral. It is useful for us to have information from your child’s nursery / school, or Health Visitor.
We do not accept referrals for:
- A language delay in a child with learning difficulties where language is in line with their general learning abilities, and whose needs can be met and managed within their school provision.
- Where there are concerns regarding English as an additional language, but where there are no concerns about the development of their first/home language.
- Children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis whose language and communication can be managed/facilitated appropriately by other people around them.
- Children who use only British Sign Language to communicate, where no language difficulties are evident.
- School-age children needing an assessment for an opinion as to their need of an ASD diagnosis. These children will be assessed through a team co-ordinated by Lancashire Care.
- Children with a GP outside of Lancaster and Morecambe, other than in specific individual circumstances.
- Children with concerns about their voice quality, who have not been assessed by ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) to check if there are any underlying medical reasons causing the changes to their voice.
These resources should be used for basic guidance. If you are concerned about your child’s development, you should seek advice from a Speech and Language Therapist.
When you come to see us, your Speech and Language Therapist will be able to give you specific advice for your child, but in the meantime, some of these may be helpful:
- Language development pyramid
- 12 tips to talking
- Enjoy 'special time' with your child
- Help your child to share and taking turns
- Help to make requests
- Add an action
- Giving choices to encourage early words
- Help to join words together
- How can I help my child's talking?
- Help for word finding difficulties
- Help to make longer sentences
- Help to put three words together
- Help your child to make longer sentences
Listening, attention and processing
- APD checklist
- Attention and listening general information
- Listening difficulties - classroom strategies
- Sound awareness ideas for everyday
- What sounds should my child say and when
- Working on speech sounds
- Improving understanding of new words
- Help to understand two words together - person and action
- Help to understand three words together
- Help to understand four words together
- Activities for babies, toddlers and children - BBC Tiny Happy People
- Words for Life - National Literacy Trust
- Speech and Language UK: Information and support
- Afasic – Voice for Life
- Royal College of Speech and language therapy
- National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)
- British Stammering Association (Stamma)
- National Deaf Children's Society - Supporting deaf children
- The Communication Trust