Childrens Speech & Language Therapy
We provide assessment, advice and direct therapy for children and young people aged 0-19, with speech, language and communication needs in Norfolk and Waveney.
In Norfolk the service is commissioned and funded jointly by Norfolk County Council and Norwich, West, South and North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
ECCH staff work flexibly with children, parents and carers, schools and early years settings, to plan services that will achieve the best outcomes for your child. Young people with complex speech, language and communication needs who need SaLT beyond the age of 19, can transition to adult speech and language therapy services in Year 14. These are provided by Norfolk County Council. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Waveney the service is commissioned by Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG. Further information about other services for children and young people in Suffolk can be found in the Suffolk Local Offer.
Single point of contact telephone number: 01493 809977 (Monday - Friday, 7am - 8pm)
Call them to:
- Get advice
- Arrange an assessment of your child’s speech and language needs
- Request further advice once your child has reached their target
A member of the team will ring you back to discuss your query and give you advice.
If your child has reached their target, a member of the therapy team will discuss the case with you. They may give you further advice or recommend that your child’s name is added to the waiting list for a further appointment. A member of the clinical admin team will ring you to confirm when this has been done.
This depends on your child’s particular needs. Children with swallowing difficulties get prioritised due to the potential health risks. Your therapist will tell you the expected waiting time at the assessment phase.
If appropriate, indirect support may be recommended. You will be given activities to do at home/school/nursery to help your child. By completing the activities your child will get the most benefit out of the support provided.
There is a very high demand for the service, resulting in a waiting list for some of the specialist provision.
When the Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) meets with your child, they will plan how many sessions it will take to meet your child's identified need. How these sessions are used is discussed with you and education staff to ensure the best outcomes for your child. The SLT will be continually assessing your child’s needs to inform future decisions.
Some children may only need to be seen once by a SLT for support and then discharged with advice, whilst other children may receive support over several years. When a programme of work has been completed, the SLT will talk with you about what happens next. If your therapist thinks that your child will require further support in the future, they will advise you how and when to request this. At this point your child may be “discharged”.
If after assessment your child’s speech, language and communication needs require a higher level of input than ECCH is commissioned to provide, Norfolk County Council has an arrangement to buy additional services from ECCH.
In these circumstances, it is likely that your child’s identified needs and the provision identified to meet those needs, will be specified within an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
If we need to try an intervention to see if it is suited to your child, we can advise that an EHC plan review is scheduled after we have tried the intervention. We will then have a clearer idea about the best next steps for your child.
News and Feedback
We would like to gather feedback on the elements of the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service that are working and identify areas to improve. We are therefore running a series of surveys and would very much appreciate you taking 5-10 minutes to give us your views.
Community as Teachers Events
We are also holding a number of forums across the county to get feedback on your experiences, your ideas to improve the service and any other comments you may wish to make. You can find dates and times of the events, and how to book places, in this leaflet.
Children's Speech and Language Therapy newsletter
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School and College Travel and Transport
Join us at one of our information and feedback sessions to find out what transport options could be available for your family.
Speech and Language Therapy Ladders Book
A book to help youngsters with communication difficulties get the most from their schooling has been written by speech and language therapists from East Coast Community Healthcare. The book, called ‘Target Ladders: Speech, Language and Communication Needs’, is for early years settings staff, primary school teachers and special educational needs coordinators. It aims to help them identify targets children need to achieve and plan activities to help them with listening skills, remembering, understanding/learning new words, speech sound skills and building sentences – skills which will make learning easier. It comes with a CD of resource material including target templates and progress records.
- Speech Journey video from ICAN - how children learn to talk, from birth through to five-years-old
- The typical speech development that most children experience
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
Videos on more complex and severe speech, language and communication needs (SLCN):
- Developmental Language Disorder
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication
- Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
- Swallowing Difficulties (Dysphagia)
- Hearing Impairment
- Complex Needs
How to help your child with their speech and language skills
- Top tips from East Coast Community Health (ECCH) Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) service
- The Communication Trust's resources for parents
- Communication and language information for 0-5s
- Words for Life resources for parents
Speech and language therapy
- Communication supportive spaces - video from Communication Trust - examples of communication supportive spaces, demonstrating a range of good practice. This includes visual supports, labels, use of verbal strategies and language supportive resources
- Speech and language therapist video from NHS Choices - a speech and language therapist explains how therapy works and who benefits from it
Resources for practitioners
The Communication Trust - supporting those who with work with children and young with SLCN
British Stammering Association - help and information on stammering
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) - includes directory of speech and language therapist
I CAN - children's communication charity
Communication Matters - communications charity
ECCA (East Coast Community Access line)
ECCH SaLT Administrative Base
Patient Liaison Team (for compliments and complaints)