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Welcome to Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

Welcome to Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy Services is available for children, registered with a North East Essex (NEE) GP, or attending a school within NEE.  We work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to promote positive outcomes for children who are referred to the service with communication or physical eating and drinking needs.

We work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to promote positive outcomes for children who are referred to the service with communication or physical eating and drinking needs.

We provide one or more of the following:  

  • An initial assessment of your child's needs
  • AN individually tailored therapy programme to target the problem area(s)
  • Group therapy
  • 1:1 therapy
  • Advice to schools
  • Advice and onward referral to other services
  • Onward referral to other services, e.g. paediatricians, audiology, statutory assessment service
  • Joint working with other professionals
  • Training to pre-school and school settings

We also help with and/or provide information on the following:

  • Before talking
  • Other ways of communicating
  • Play
  • Speaking in more than one language
  • Talking for under three-year-olds
  • Useful websites.

Our therapy sessions are always child-centered and we mostly work through the medium of play.

We understand that parents and carers are busy and that it can sometimes be difficult to find time to do the activities with your child so we aim to make our activity programmes as easy to incorporate into your daily routine as possible.


We work with children who may be presenting with the following conditions:

  • Difficulties with using speech sounds (including delayed and discarded speech sound development, and verbal dyspraxia).
  • Delay or difficulties with understanding and using spoken language
  • Dysfluency (stuttering/stammering)
  • Social communication difficulties/ASD
  • Cleft Palate
  • Hearing impairment
  • Dysphagia

Please note: we do not offer an acute dysphagia service. Parents should seek advice from their GP or East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) children's A&E department if a child requires immediate medical advice for eating, drinking and swallowing.

We work with children and young people from 0-18 years who are registered with a North East Essex (NEE) GP. Children who attend a NEE Special school are seen between 0-19 years.

Preparing for your appointment

The children’s Speech and Language Therapy service operates under a time limited intervention policy in order to provide an equitable service to all children and keep waiting times for assessment and treatment to a minimum.

Due to the high demand for our service, if you accept an appointment and then do not attend without giving us 24 hours’ notice, your child may be discharged.

Please note that missed appointments and/or cancellations for children can be an indicator of neglect. Therefore, if concerns are raised about missed appointments, it may be necessary to liaise with our safeguarding children team and/or children’s social care- in line with our policy on safeguarding children.

If you are having difficulty attending appointments or accessing our clinic sites, please contact our administration team on   Tel:  01206 588100

Please let us know if someone other than the person with parental responsibility will be attending appointments as, without your permission, your child will not be seen.

Where is the service provided?

The service is provided at the following venues:

Primary Care Centre
Turner Road
CO4 3GW          Click here for map

Clacton and District Hospital
Tower Road
CO4 5LJ           Click here for map

Fryatt Hospital
419 Main Road
CO12 4EX         Click here for map

Special schools:

Children and young people who attend a special school will receive the majority of their treatment in school.

How to access the service

Electronic referral via our Gateway website by professionals such as school staff, GPs, paediatricians, health visitors and HIS nurses.

ACE Online Referrals

Click here to view the referral form

Referral Criteria

  • Speech and Language intervention clinical pathways are in place to accommodate pre-school, primary and secondary aged children.
  • These difficulties should impact on the child’s functional performance at home, at school and/or in extracurricular activities
  • Children and young people aged 0-18, or 19 if in special education
  • Children with a North East Essex GP
  • Children in permanent residence in north east Essex


 In the first instance referrals must be made by a professional, for example:

  • GP
  • Paediatrician or specialist registrar
  • Medical specialists
  • Health visitor
  • Health improvement nurse (formerly school nurse)
  • Community nurse
  • Allied health professionals e.g. Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Dietician
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • Social worker


Telephone number: 01206 588100


Re-referring to the service:

There may be times when a child or young person (CYP) requires further support from the clinical team and a new episode of care needs to be created  Examples may include equipment out-growing, a recent growth spurt leading to change in function/pain or a deterioration in clinical presentation or symptoms.  It is expected that all those seeking a re-referral have worked though the advice and recommendations offered by the clinical team previously and can demonstrate in their re-referral request, what has been tried and what new difficulties are being faced.  For musculoskeletal conditions, a CYP can only be re-referred if the information relates to the same joint/condition.


Click here to view the re-referral form


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