Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

The purpose of Speech and Language Therapy is to enable children and young people to communicate to the best of their ability, and to enjoy safe eating and drinking.

Children who are referred to Speech & Language Therapy will receive an assessment of their strengths and needs. This might be through observations, discussion or direct assessment.  Advice and support is then given to parents, carers, and others who spend time with their child to help them best support the child’s speech, language and communication needs and/or drinking and eating needs.

Who are our services for?

We can see children and young people between the ages of 0-18 years.

Who do we see?

We work with children and young people:

  • who are 18 years old and under
  • have a Swindon GP

They may have difficulty with:

  • Speech sounds (pronunciation)
  • Talking (saying words and sentences)
  • Understanding spoken words and sentences
  • Interacting with others
  • Stammering
  • Swallowing, eating and drinking

We work closely with special educational settings and currently provide Speech and Language Therapy in several special schools and specialist resourced provision within mainstream schools.

We work with other people who spend time with the child. This might include parents, carers, school staff, nursery/preschool staff, child minders, grandparents, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, advisory teachers, educational psychologists and health visitors.

Who can refer? 

Anyone can refer a child or young person to Speech & Language Therapy (including parents/carers). However, they will need to meet our criteria on our referral pathways to be accepted for an assessment.


Most children who are referred are offered appointments in a clinic. Children in special educational provision are seen at school.  Some children are seen at their mainstream school and some preschool children are seen at home.

Preparing for your Appointment   

It’s useful to bring any relevant documentation about the child’s/young person’s development to your appointment.

Prior to the appointment it is useful to think about your child’s strengths and areas of need.

The first appointment usually lasts about one hour. The therapist will ask about the child’s development, any current or past medical issues and any difficulties the child is currently experiencing when communicating with others and/or their eating and drinking, where appropriate.

Changing or cancelling an appointment

If you need to change or cancel an appointment please give us as much notice as possible. Please call the Speech and Language Therapy department on 01793 466790. There is an answerphone for out-of-hours calls. Please leave your child’s name, contact telephone number and details of the appointment you need to change. This will enable us to have your information ready when we return your call.


The Salt Way Centre
Pearl Road
Tel: 01793 466790

For more information about our service, and resources to support you and your child, please go to our website at:


Hours of operation:

Monday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

Other useful websites and links

National Literacy Trust has a dedicated section on speech and language development in the early years called ‘Talk to your baby’. This website has a huge range of resources and information for parents and practitioners.


‘I CAN’ is a national children’s charity for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. Their website has a huge range of resources and information for parents and practitioners.


‘Talking point ‘is a website provided by the charity ‘I CAN’. The website contains lots of great information to supports children’s speech and language including useful tips and normal development.


Information, advice, and ideas for communication and literacy development 0-11 years.


Afasic England is a charity supporting these children with speech, language and communication difficulties, and their parents.


The Fluency Trust is a registered charity formed by people who stammer and Speech and Language therapists in Swindon to provide intensive residential courses for young people who stammer.



CLAPA (Cleft Lip And Palate Association) is an organisation for all people with and affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK.


The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is a charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.


A website full or information and resources to help parents and practitioners identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.


National Autistic Association. A UK charity for people with autistic spectrum conditions and their families.


Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group is a parent-led support group. It aims to support people with Down’s Syndrome, their families and carers and all those with an interest in Down’s Syndrome in Swindon and the surrounding area.


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