Speech & Language
If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s speech please speak to your child’s class teacher regarding your concerns. They will then be able to discuss possible activities and strategies with you that could be used to support your child at home and at school with their speech.
In some circumstances the school may advise you to access specialist support from a speech therapist, who, if it is felt appropriate will provide you and your child a number of targets to work on at home to support your child with their speech. The school is committed to work with you in supporting your child in successfully completing these targets.
Referring pupils to the speech therapy service
The school will complete a referral form; which after it has been signed by parents will be sent to the speech and language therapy service. Once the referral has been improved you will be sent a letter by the service inviting yourself and your child to meet with a speech therapist for an initial assessment.
Assessment clinics for pupils who are under 5 years of age
If your child is under 5 years of age the school will recommend that you attend one of the speech therapy assessment clinics that are held regularly in Bedford. Once there a therapist will talk through your concerns with you and carry out a brief screen with your child. You can then make decisions together about what happens next.
At the clinic you will be asked to produce a copy of the assessment clinic checklist from, this checklist needs to be completed by yourself and the school.
PLEASE NOTE: THE SPEECH THERAPISTS ARE UNABLE TO SEE YOU WITHOUT THIS COMPLETED CHECKLIST.
The session operates on a ‘first-come, first-served’ system, so therefore we recommend that you arrive at the drop –in as near to the start time as possible. If there are too many children to be seen by the therapist(s) in one session, you will be offered a phone consultation in the first instance.
Details of the assessment clinics, and a copy of the assessment clinic checklist form can be found on the NHS website below.
At the bottom of this page is a document which outlines the Top 10 Activities to support speech and language development in children.