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Speech, language and communication needs we support

speech, language and communication needs we support

At SLT for Kids we provide assessment and treatment for children and young people with a range of abilities. We work with children who have been diagnosed with a condition as well as those awaiting a diagnosis or have suspected speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.

Our speech and language therapists can address a range of difficulties, varying from difficulty producing clear speech to recognising non-verbal communication. We provide therapy for difficulties that can arise from a range of conditions including:


Aphasia occurs when there is damage to the brain causing children and adults to have difficulty using and understanding language. Children will usually have aphasia after a childhood stroke.


Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is different in everyone at occurs at different severities. Children will often have difficulties with social communication and interaction, imagination, play and sensory processing.


Acquired head / brain injury

Acquired head or brain injury occurs after birth when a child has experienced trauma to the head, causing damage. This can cause impairments to different parts of language and personality depending on the area affected.


High-functioning autism

This with high-functioning autism will often have no other coexisting learning difficulties. They will be able to lead a life with little support but may need help with different aspects of their social communication.


Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of movement disorders that occur in early childhood development. This may cause difficulty with speech.


Cleft lip and palate

Cleft lip or palate is usually diagnosed at birth and occurs when the child’s lip and palate have not fused together effectively during pregnancy. This can cause breathing, feeding, voice and speech problems.


Developmental Language delay

When a child has developmental delay, each part of a child’s development will be delayed in terms of the expected developmental milestones.


Developmental verbal dyspraxia

Also known as childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), developmental verbal dyspraxia is when a child has difficulty coordinating the motor movements of the mouth to effectively produce words.


Down's syndrome

Down’s syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that occurs at birth. Each person with Down’s syndrome have a different level of learning disability but some individuals can live independently if given the right support.



Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder which occurs when children or adults have difficulty making the correct movements to produce clear speech.



Dysphagia is otherwise known as any difficulty with eating, drinking and swallowing. This can be caused by a variety of factors in childhood. Our speech and language therapists can help identify the cause of dysphagia and help each child to swallow safely and effectively.


Learning disability

There are different degrees of learning disability, including mild, moderate, severe or profound and multiple. Each type of learning disability will cause a level of difficulty in learning.


Selective mutism

Selective mutism is a social anxiety disorder that causes children to only talk in certain environments or to certain people. Our speech and language therapists can help to identify selective mutism and can support children in overcoming these difficulties.


Specific language impairment

Now known as developmental language disorder (DLD). This is when a child has a delay in their language development but this is not due to any other difficulty.



A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped or blocked. Stroke can cause many different language difficulties for a child that our speech and language therapists will be able to support.


Voice disorder

A voice disorder is any abnormality in voice production. This may include a weak voice or a hoarse voice. Voice disorders can have many different causes.


Our speech and language therapists, are empathetic and enthusiastic, they have depths of experience and knowledge in working with children with a range of conditions. Our therapists also work with children who have no diagnosis or are awaiting a diagnosis. If you feel your child is experiencing difficulties, or is not developing the skills you would expect for their age, then please feel free to contact one of our speech and language therapists.

If you would like to know more about the speech, language and communication needs we support any of the services we provide, please email us at office@sltforkids.co.uk or call 0330 088 2298.

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Speech Clinic

Our speech and language therapists provide a range of services for children with speech, language and communication needs.

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Voice Clinic

We provide specialist speech and language therapy services for children with voice support needs.

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Feeding Clinic

Our expert speech and language therapists provide a range of services for children with eating, drinking and swallowing support needs, alongside our professionals multidisciplinary team.

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