All About Us
The Children's Speech and Language Therapy service is based in Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and sits alongside Children’s Physiotherapy & Children’s Occupational Therapy (OT). Together we form the Children’s Therapy Team.
Children's Speech and Language Therapy helps children with a range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) to achieve and maintain their potential. It also provides support and advice to families and those working with children.
Children may present with:
- delayed or disordered language development
- speech sound difficulties
- voice disorders
- social communication difficulties/autism
- severe learning difficulties
- physical disabilities, e.g. cerebral palsy
- a hearing impairment
- maxillo-facial disorders such as cleft palate
- eating, drinking and feeding difficulties
- a head injury
Children's Speech and Language Therapists work in the following locations across the Wakefield District:
- Children's Centres based at Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals
- Health Centres
- Local Authority Children's Centres
- Special Schools
- Liaison with nurseries/schools
- Home visits if appropriate
- School contract work
If you are concerned about your child’s communication development we strongly recommend that you attend one of our regular Walk-in for Talking drop-in sessions.
If you have any concerns please contact Children's Speech and Language therapy on 01977 465417.
You can also download a general leaflet about our service below.
Find out more about the Children's Speech and Language Service on the MidYorks NHS website.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech, language or communication development you can come along to one of our regular ‘Walk-in for Talking’ drop-in sessions where your child can be seen without an appointment.
We will be able to offer you advice and, if needed, refer your child into the service for a more in-depth assessment at one of our ‘Initial Assessment Clinics’.
Sessions are available at Featherstone Health Centre and Stanley Children’s Centre.
Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. (EXCEPT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)
Featherstone Health Centre, Victoria Street Featherstone WF7 5EZ
4th & 18th May, 15th & 29th June, 13th July
Stanley Children’s Centre, Long Causeway, Stanley Wakefield WF3 4JB
11th & 25th May, 8th & 22nd June, 6th & 20th July
The “Toddler Talk” presentation below contains information for parents of preschool children about language development, including how to create a more-communication-friendly home environment and activities to try with your child.