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Speech and Language

Paediatric Speech and language therapy

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust offers a comprehensive service in Speech and Language Therapy as part of an integrated therapy service. It is split across three localities: Ashford, Shepway and Dover/Deal. We provide services within clinics, sure start centres, nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and specialist provisions across all three localities. 

Speech and language therapy services offered

  • Assessment and therapy for children and young people (0-19) with speech, language, social communication and feeding difficulties, and children with complex needs 
  • Work takes place within a multi-disciplinary team e.g. Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Paediatricians, Dieticians and Education 
  • Work with and within Sure Start Centres to promote speech and language development 
  • Therapy can be clinic based, within primary and secondary schools, within nursery, at home or through parent training courses. 

Client groups seen

Children and young people with:

  • Feeding Difficulties 
  • Complex Needs e.g. Down Syndrome, Fragile X, global developmental delay 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Language Delay/Disorder 
  • Speech Sound Delay/Disorder or verbal Dyspraxia 
  • Dysfluency (stammer/stutter) 
  • Cleft lip and/or palate 
  • Selective communicators/Reluctant Talkers 
  • Voice disorders
  • Hearing impaired


Please see our 'How to refer' section for details


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