Children's Speech and Language Service - Livewell Southwest
Our friendly Speech and Language Team is experienced in helping children aged 0-18 who have difficulty speaking clearly, expressing themselves, communicating socially, understanding others, talking fluently, or feeding and swallowing.
Learning to communicate with others is one of the most important skills we develop. Unfortunately, it is common for some children to experience difficultly with speech, language and communication as they mature.
If you have concerns about your child's speech, language and communication we are happy to hear from you.
We have an open help system which means that anyone living in Plymouth can phone us and request support. When you phone, we will ask you to leave your name and contact number and a therapist will call you back to discuss your concerns with you.
During this call we will ask you for information about your child's development, how they communicate and what their difficulties are. We will be able to give you advice and ideas to try at home with your child if needed.
We work with children within the i-Thrive model. This means that we provide support to children and families even, if they are not on our caseloads, through free training to parents, pre-schools and schools as well as access to signposting, advice and resources through our Request for Help call system.
For more information about i-Thrive and our service in general please visit our website.
Following Request for Help, some children will be placed on our waiting list to be seen for an assessment. Assessment takes place in clinics across the city, in pre-schools or in schools. We are also able to visit children's centres or your own home. Assessment will determine whether your child needs support from us, either through advice, modelling and training to parents and settings or through direct work with the child themselves. Therapy sessions might be arranged in pre-school, in school or at home and virtual appointments will be offered when appropriate.
Speech and Language Therapists work with children through play and engaging activities which are designed to target specific areas of communication. You will be encouraged to participate in intervention sessions if therapy is recommended and will be provided with ideas, activities and resources to help you continue to support your child at home or in school / pre-school.
If you are worried about your child's speech, language and communication development further information and support in identifying areas of difficulty can be found on our website.
The service helps children who have difficulty with:
- Talking clearly
- Expressing themselves
- Social communication
- Understanding what is said to them
- Talking fluently / stammering
- Voice quality
- Feeding / swallowing
- Everyone, under 18 years old
- Communication impairments
- Speech / Language difficulties
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