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Speech and Language Service for children and young people

Surrey provides a school based speech and language therapy service.

All schools have a link therapist to liaise and discuss the needs of the school and its pupils with the school SENCO on a regular basis. Support for children and young people is provided using the universal, targeted and specialist delivery model:

Universal Services

Universal services support speech, language and communication skills of all children and young people in schools. The speech and language therapy team can give advice and/or signposting around training and classroom strategies to the SENCO to support the development of the school’s local offer in regard to communication and interaction.

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Targeted Services

Some children may need targeted involvement from the speech and language therapy team in order to support the early identification of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. This may lead to further training, advice and intervention.

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Specialist Services

A few children may need specialist involvement from the speech and language therapy team in order to provide ongoing monitoring and direct intervention of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

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Referrals to the new school-aged service

The new school-aged SLT service is a school-based service. All new referrals to the service will be made via your school's special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).

Your school SENCO will meet with their school link therapist on a half-termly or termly basis to discuss referrals and next steps.

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Speech and Language Therapy for Early-Years (0 - 5)

Surrey Children and Families Health Services will deliver speech and language therapy to pre-school children. The criteria for transfer to the school-aged SLT service is outlined below:

  • If your child is likely seeing a speech and language therapist and who are moving from Early Years to school and who are likely to continue to need to see a speech and language therapist after their first term at school, will transition across to the school-aged service
  • Children who are seeing a speech and language therapist and moving from Early Years to school, who are likely not to require speech and language after their first term at school, will continue to see their Early Years therapist until the end of Autumn term.

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Children and Young People requiring SLT as a result of a medical condition

Surrey Children and Families Health Services will deliver speech and language therapy to children of any age requiring input due to an acute episode of/ acquired medical condition e.g. stammering/ head injury.

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Who can I contact with any further questions or queries?

You can contact us at speechandlanguageservice@surreycc.gov.uk.

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