Children's Speech and Language Therapy

About the Service

The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Speech and Language Therapy service will continue to comply with current social distancing measures when delivering appointments by using a virtual first approach. Therapists will deliver face to face intervention where indicated, wearing appropriate PPE for all sessions, both in education setting, clinic or at home. Within HCT all staff have been offered the COVID-19 vaccination and those who are undertaking face to face appointments are regularly self-testing using a Lateral Flow test.

The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Speech and Language Therapy service offers a child- and family-centred approach to support CYP with speech, language, communication needs (SLCN) and those with eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire.

We work in partnership with parents, carers, health and education professionals to promote positive outcomes for CYP. Our service model aims to reduce the gap and inequalities amongst CYP in Hertfordshire who have SLCN.

Our service offer is underpinned by the following aims:

More detailed information about the Children and Young People’s Therapies Service, including how service is delivered, referrals and how we work with children and their families is available here.

Our service pathway for Pre-school children can be found here and for School-aged children here.

This page contains information and help; however we also have a dedicated telephone number which parents, carers and professional can call to speak to a therapist about a new referral or child’s development. The advice line number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please leave a message on our Advice Line 01992 823093 and a therapist will contact you. Calls are responded to by a therapist on weekdays.

If your child is already known to the service please contact us on the number below.

Training

We are currently reviewing our training courses and workshop sessions, so that these can be delivered in a new virtual format. Training session dates are currently available on the individual profession pages. New dates and details are added regularly so please come back and check again if you are interested in any of our sessions.

We are now able to offer Virtual Speech and Language Support Elklan Courses for 3-5s, 5-11s and SLD.

We are now able to offer Virtual Makaton Levels 1 and 2 courses. Please click HERE for Level 1 dates and how to book, and HERE for Level 2 and how to book.

Contact the service

Telephone – 01923 470680 option 3, option 2

Email – hct.cyptherapies1@nhs.net

Twitter - twitter.com/Herts_CYPT

Advice Line – 01923 470680 option 3, option 1

This is a dedicated telephone number which parents, carers and professionals can call to speak to a therapist about a new referral or a child’s development. Please leave a message on our Advice Line and a therapist will contact you. Calls are responded to by a therapist on weekdays.
Virtual Screening Clinics – please see the ‘Making A Referral’ section below

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Service Delivery during Covid-19:

Children and Young People’s Therapies has changed the way we are working due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are continuing to accept new referrals through our usual referral pathways but have reduced service capacity at this time. In order to comply with social distancing the majority of appointments will be offered virtually either with telephone or video appointments via <Attend Anywhere>

Information on using ‘Attend Anywhere’ can be found at: https://nhs.attendanywhere.com/callers

Process for Face-to-face appointments:

Along with our Advice Line we are also delivering:

We are currently reviewing delivery of face to face groups.

If you have any urgent or new queries please contact the CYPT Advice Line number - 01992 823093 and a therapist will contact you to discuss your concern.

Please remember to also look on the Website pages under Useful Information for further advice and support.

Clinic Locations

How the Service is provided

Who is eligible for this Service

What will happen at your appointment

Useful information

Making a referral

Patient Experience