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Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

The Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children and young people in Cornwall aged 0-19 years who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are registered allied health professionals. 'Allied health professional' is how we describe trained professionals who aren't doctors or nurses.

This is a service that supports children and young people in Cornwall aged 0-19 years who have difficulty with:

  • understanding what is said to them
  • expressing themselves
  • talking clearly (saying speech sounds)
  • stammering
  • swallowing (eating and drinking).

This can include children/young people with delay in learning to talk, speech sound production difficulties, learning difficulties, cleft palate, stammering, selective mutism, autism, hearing impairment and physical disabilities. For information about specific diagnoses see: www.afasic.org.uk

SLTs aim to help to develop the skills of parents/carers and other people who support the child in their everyday environments. This ensures that therapy can be non-intrusive, practical and most effective for the child/young person.

Sometimes, as part of a child’s therapy we will offer training to parents and other people working with the child. Some preschools and schools may already have attended training that will benefit children with speech and language needs.

Not all referrals need to have a face to face appointment; some may get a pack of activities and/or may be given advice and re-referral criteria. Some referrals will receive a telephone consultation, they may be signposted to another service/group, or attendance at a training course may be recommended.

Who to contact

Telephone
01208 834600
Website
https://www.cornwallft.nhs.uk/
Parent organisation
Early Help Hub

Where to go

Name
Children's Services Care Management Centre
Address
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill
Truro
Cornwall
Postcode
TR1 2JA

Other details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral details

Existing referrals and enquiries
SLT Helpline
At any point in time, parents or the Child’s Educational Setting can contact the SLT service with questions or to request further information, using the SLT Helpline - 01208 834488

Please note, the helpline is a call back service and a qualified SLT will return your call.

New referrals
Contact the Early Help Hub on 01872 322277
earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk

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