Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy: Secondary Schools
The speech and language therapy service supports children and young people aged 11 to 18 (or 19 years if in special schools) with communication and eating and feeding difficulties including:
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
- Language delay
- Specific language impairment
- Specific difficulties in producing sounds
- Hearing impairment
- Autism/social interaction difficulties
- Voice disorders
- Selective autism
To access this service the child or young person must have a Harrow GP and/or should be a Harrow resident.
What does the service provide?
The team aims to provide a high-quality, needs-led service to children and young people with communication and eating and feeding difficulties. To achieve this, we work in partnership with the child or young person, their parents or carers, teachers, teaching assistants, and other health, education and social care professionals and voluntary bodies.
Each secondary school and further education college in Harrow has a designated speech and language therapist who co-ordinates the service to that school and provides:
- Assessment/review and report writing to establish how the pupil’s needs impact on their ability to access the school day.
- Joint target setting and strategy development with school staff for inclusion into the individual educational plan.
- Direct therapy for children and young people with a specific clinical need. This always involves collaboration with school staff to ensure carryover into the classroom.
- Development of health care plans in collaboration with the child or young person, their family and other health professionals involved, enabling them to plan for their transition to adult health care.
- Attendance at Annual Reviews and Planning Meetings as necessary.
- Training/INSET is offered to all schools.
How do I access the service?
All professionals and parents can make a referral as long as parental consent is given.
For all referrals, schools are asked to complete a referral checklist in order to provide information about their concerns, support that has been put in place by school and the child’s response. Forms are available in all schools, via the service website or from the speech and language therapy service.
Once referrals are processed by the principal speech and language therapist for schools, children and young people are usually seen within eight weeks. Each child or young person will receive an assessment in school, although some assessments are also offered during school holidays. Following assessment, a decision will be made regarding future management and a written report provided.
This service is available from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy
Chaucer Unit, Level 3, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ
Telephone: 020 8869 3010
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).
For further information about the service visit LNWH Speech and Language Therapy