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Children's Speech and Language Service - Livewell Southwest

Our friendly speech and language team is experienced in helping children who have difficulty speaking clearly, expressing themselves, communicating socially, understanding others, talking fluently, or feeding and swallowing.

Contacts details

Address:Community Centre
Whitleigh Green
Plymouth
PL5 4DD
Telephone number: 01752 434844

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 and language as they mature.

We use fun games, images and new words to help your child with their listening, talking and sound-making skills.

Our open help system means if you are concerned about a child's speech or language development, and they are living in Plymouth, you can request help from our Service by contacting us and discussing the child's needs. Please be aware, we can only consider request for help forms forms once you have discussed the child's with one of out Therapists and have parental consent.

As children are learning to talk their speech sounds develop gradually over a period of time, and it's normal for them to make some errors as they learn to say new words. As a rough guide, children's speech should be understood about 50% of the time at age two and 75-100% at the age of three.

Sometimes children do not master the sounds we would expect by a particular age and as a result their speech can be unclear and difficult to understand. Often they can make progress with support and practice but sometimes their difficulties can be longer lasting.

The service helps children who have difficulty with:

  • Talking clearly
  • Expressing themselves
  • Social communication
  • Understanding what is said to them
  • Talking fluently
  • Voice quality
  • Feeding / swallowing

Age range
  • Early years - 0 to 5 years
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years
  • Needs level
  • High
  • Low
  • Medium
  • Provision type
  • Specialist
  • Targeted

  • Based: Plymouth
    We have an open system and the parent/carer or any professional involved may request help for a child. If you have concerns about a child then you need to discuss these with a therapist on 01752 434844 before a request for help is considered Parental consent is required on the request for help form
    • 0 to 1 years old
    • 1 to 2 years old
    • 2 to 3 years old
    • 3 to 4 years old
    • 4 to 5 years old
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • Communication impairments
    • Speech / Language difficulties

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