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Speech and Language Therapy School Age Service

The School Years Speech and Language Therapists work with children from Reception until the end of secondary school. We also work with some young people who have Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) while they are still in education.

If you have concerns about your child’s communication please discuss this with the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in your child’s school who will be able to discuss the support that the school has in place to meet your child’s needs.

We can provide advice and make recommendations about appropriate interventions and support for children who have difficulties understanding others, expressing themselves, speaking clearly, listening and developing social skills.  The Speech and Language Therapy service also provide support for children with feeding difficulties.

Oxleas School Years Speech and Language Therapists usually carry out all assessments in the child’s school. Following this they will make recommendations about any appropriate interventions and strategies that would support your child with their communication needs. A great deal of focus is placed on training school staff and families so that the most important adults in the child’s life are able to support their communication or feeding needs effectively. In some cases, your child may be seen directly by the Speech and Language Therapist for intervention.

Service offer

All Greenwich schools are offered a number of “core” hours from a Speech and Language Therapist.  This time is used to provide training and advice to school staff and to support children who have EHCPs.

How to see or contact the service

If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication skills please speak to the school SENCO to find out if they commission Speech and Language Therapy services from Oxleas.  If this is the case, the SENCO may request that the school therapist carries out a brief observation of your child in school and discusses any difficulties with the class teacher so that they can make recommendations/ give strategies as required.  They will also advise if a full referral to the service is needed.

Whilst we would recommend discussing your child’s difficulties with the school SENCO first, if your child’s school does commission Oxleas Speech and Language Therapy service then anyone can refer a child for an assessment: a teacher, GP, parent or carer.  A young person can also refer themselves for an assessment.

If you would like to refer a child directly, please email with your child’s full details and information about your concerns.

Integrated Neurodevelopment – IND

The Integrated Neurodevelopmental Team (INDT) is part of the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Children and Young People’s Directorate. The team provides a service dedicated to children who may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a service dedicated to children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Further information

Use the links below to access recommended reading:

Talking Point – The first stop for information on children’s communication

Talking Point – Parent resources and activities

The Communication Trust – Every child understood

I CAN – Getting support you need

STAMMA – Parent support

SMiRA – Selective mutism information and research association


Please note: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content of external websites. The above links should not be understood to be an endorsements for those websites, the site owners, or their products/services.