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Speech and Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings.

We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing. The service is provided in a number of ways, depending on clinical need. This may be advice only, individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop-in information clinics.

The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input.

We also train parents and carers in developing childrens' speech and language development.

Where is the service based?
Treatment is usually provided wherever is most appropriate for the patient.

The service works in Luton in the following locations:

  • health centres and clinics
  • GP practices
  • Edwin Lobo Centre (Redgrave Gardens)
  • mainstream schools and nurseries
  • special schools
  • patients homes (where appropriate)

How can I access the service?
If your child is in pre-school or younger and you are worried about their speech, language and communication development you can complete a pre-school referral form.

Children who are school aged will require a school referral form to be completed. School teaching staff are in the best position, along with parents/carers, to provide the required information about a child's speech and language skills, their difficulties and the potential impact these are having on the child's social interaction and their ability to access the curriculum.

School education staff can also provide information about what has already been implemented to support the child. Using this information, we can then ensure that the children who require specialist speech and language therapy support can access the service for an assessment.

Please visit the How to refer webpage on the Child Speech Bedfordshire website for more information. Children who require a multi-disciplinary assessment, ie where their speech and language difficulties are accompanied by other concerns, should be referred directly to the Edwin Lobo Centre.

A referral form can be accessed by telephoning 01582 700300.

How long will I be waiting?
The service will meet the national 18 week referral to treatment requirement.

What if I need more information?
Further information is available on our Child Speech Bedfordshire website.

Our service also has a Facebook page called Children's Speech and Language Therapy in Luton and Bedfordshire or you can search 'childrens speech and language therapy in Luton and Bedfordshire' on the internet.

We aim to provide information and ideas for supporting speech, language and communication needs, as well as new research articles and training dates, where appropriate.


Documents

Download: Information about SLT provision
Download: referral criteria
Download: Assessment Clinic checklist form

Who to contact

Contact Position
Position SLT Administrator
Telephone
Website
Childrens Speech and Language Therapy

Where to go

Address
Union Street Clinic
Union Street
Bedford
Postcode
MK40 2SF

Last updated 27/12/2019