Speech, language and communication
Specialist help, support and advice for the few children who need it
Some children who have complex needs need more intensive or specialist support. This is provided by local health, education and care services. Families provide an essential role in supporting their child as part of this collective of support.
Videos to learn more
These videos have been made by Bromley Healthcare for parents and professionals across Bromley.
Active listening and barrier games
Word finding and memory difficulties
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
The children’s speech and language therapy service from Bromley Healthcare offers assessments, advice and therapy for pre-schoolers, school aged children and young people. The service works with children, families, carers and staff in pre-schools and schools, to help develop children’s understanding, talking and communication skills.
The speech and language therapy service aims to provide assessment and support to children and young people who may have speech, language and communication difficulties or problems with their eating and drinking (swallowing) skills.
This service is open to children and young people resident in Bromley and registered to a Bromley GP.
Referrals to this service are through your doctor (GP), health visitor, paediatrician or teacher, and other health care professionals who might be seeing your child. The service also accepts self-referrals from parents.
You can also:
Call 0300 330 5777
Assessment for pre-school children
To see pre-school children quickly and to provide a wider range of appointments the speech and language service offers drop-in clinics at five centres across Bromley.
Referrals to this service can be made directly and are open to children and young people resident in Bromley who are registered to a Bromley GP.
Assessment for school aged children and young people
This service works with school aged children and young people who remain in education or training post 18 years, up to the age of 25 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Assessments usually take place in local community clinics where a speech and language therapist will conduct the assessment and agree a management plan with the child, young person and their parents or carers. This plan will also consider information from other professionals involved with child or young person.
Referrals to this service are through an open referral system which accepts referrals from parents or health professionals and teachers if parental permission has been obtained
Graduated approach framework
Bromley has a graduated approach to assessment and provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The core purpose is to prevent possible barriers to learning, enabling all children and young people to access an education in Bromley and to fulfil their potential.
Alongside Bromley’s ordinarily available SEND provision in mainstream schools and settings, the SEND graduated approach framework provides clear guidance to professionals about how the graduated approach for speech, language and communication needs can be implemented.
Find a speech and language therapist
The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) website, provides a search facility where you can find qualified and registered speech and language therapists that you can buy services from directly. This can include both assessments and ongoing support. It is also possible to search by speciality, age and distance from your home.
All Association members are registered members of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council, and are committed to good business standards.
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Who to talk to
If you are worried about your child’s speech and language, you can:
Talk to your child’s health visitor, GP, pre-school or school
Call the speech and language team on 0300 330 5777