Clinical Service

Children's Speech and Language Therapy

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What we do

Our children's speech and language therapy service assess and treat children with conditions that affect speech and communication skills.

We see children aged 0-19 in a community setting. This could be at our clinic, in your home or your child's school.

We help children with:

  • language and communication needs

  • speech sound difficulties or verbal Dyspraxia 

  • developmental language disorder

  • Dysfluency (stammer/stutter) 

  • selective communicators/reluctant talkers 

  • voice disorders

  • feeding difficulties 

  • complex needs, such as Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, global developmental delay 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • cleft lip and/or palate 

  • hearing impairments

We also offer a walk-in speech and language service (Talking Walk-ins) for pre-school children.

We work closely with other services, such as physiotherapy, to achieve the best outcomes for your child.

Where to find us

Our service is mainly provided within community settings such as:

  • schools

  • children's centres

  • patients' own homes, or

  • in our own clinics 

    • Rainbow Centre, Ashford

    • The Children’s Assessment Unit at Buckland Hospital 

    • The Beacon, Folkestone

For speech and language therapy in schools, the link therapist will attend the school and work with the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo).

Please note children and young people with a Canterbury, Faversham or Thanet GP need to refer to Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.

How to use this service

You do not need to use the referral portal for children with Speech and Language Communication Needs.

Support for school age children is accessed via school link therapy meetings and your SENCo.

Pre-school children can attend the walk-in speech and language service (Talking Walk-ins).