Camden Speech and Language Service for Children and Young People

Camden Speech & Language Service for Children & Young People

Main Address

  • We are based in several locations across Camden borough linked to the age of the children/young people we are working with - see locations/contact details below.
  • 020 3316 1080

Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    9am to 5pm
Try Turning off your Tech
Toddlers love to talk to you, but sometimes tech can get in the way. Whilst we all value our smartphones, tablets and other devices to help us live our lives today, chatting with your child is vital to language learning. Research shows that children learn words best when they have your undivided attention. Your phone can be a big distraction for both of you. Switch it off for ten minutes, chat to your child and see where your tech free time takes you.
 
We have made a short video to encourage you to take time off from tech - click here to view it! or visit www.bit.ly/switchofftech.


Head of Camden SLT Service for Children and Young People and Camden CCG: Designated Clinical Officer is Kate Bayley.
 
Contact Details
 
  • Early Years: 020 3317 2366, based Hunter Street Health Centre
  • Mainstream Primary Schools: 020 3772 0390, based at Netley Campus
  • Special Schools: 020 7483 6065, based at Swiss Cottage School
  • Deaf Team: 020 7391 7054, Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children
  • Mainstream Secondary Schools: 020 3316 1080, based at Finsbury Health Centre
 
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) for children in Camden, work with children with a range of difficulties around communication and eating. We work with speech (e.g. speech sounds), language (words and sentences), communication (e.g. attention, listening and interaction skills), and those who have eating and drinking difficulties.  We also work with children who have sensory needs and use sign (British Sign Language) as well as children with physical needs who may need Assistive Technology.
 
Our Staff
 
We are a large team consisting of
  • Qualified and HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapists
  • Assistants
  • Administrators
 
Our Offer
 
  • Support in identifying speech, language, communication and swallowing needs
  • Assessment of speech, language, communication and swallowing
  • Targeted intervention for those identified with needs
  • Specialist input for those with more complex needs
  • An additional ‘Buy-in’ service to local schools

Our Values
 
Mastering speech, language and communicate is fundamental to a child’s learning, future happiness, social adjustment, emotional stability and self-esteem. It equips them to achieve and make positive contributions to society.
Working as a team with parents and other professionals ensures maximum effectiveness and best possible outcomes. This often involves us modelling activities and training individuals or staff groups.
 
Our Ways of Working
 
Therapy may be delivered in a number of different ways
  • Groups with other children working on the same or similar difficulties
  • Individual sessions
  • Personal programme written and modelled for support staff
  • Training of people working with a child
  • Class strategies and plans of approach to scaffold learning

Our Places of Work
  • Schools (mainstream and special schools – primary and secondary age)
  • Children’s Centres and Nursery’s attached to mainstream schools
  • Health Centres
  • Home Visits (when appropriate)

 

How to Access Our Service
Referrals for all Camden SLT teams are co-ordinated via our partnership with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and referrals should be made using Camden Children’s Community Health Services Single Point of Referral (SPOR) form via the following link https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/spor/
Any issues with this link please contact adminspor.cnwl@nhs.net Tel: 020 3028 7534
 
I am a parent
  • My child is in school or a nursery attached to a school – Speak to school staff or the school SENCo about your concerns. They are able to refer a child to our service.
  • My child is under 5 years old and not attending school yet – contact GP or make a referral yourself using the SPOR form (https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/spor/)
  • Submit your Subject Access Request to view your health record
 
I am a SENCo (School)
  • I am interested in buying in extra Speech and Language provision - please call us on 020 3316 1080
  • Submit your referral here. https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/spor/
 
I am a Health professional (GP or HV)

Useful resources

Talking Point is the first stop for information on children’s communication 
National Literacy Trust – Talk to your baby (bilingual advice sheets) 
Afasic  helps children and young adults who are affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication impairments 
Action for Stammering Children  - support for parents, children and schools for children who stammer
National Autistic Society is a UK charity for people with autism and their families
Contact a Family provides advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children
Bliss is the premature baby charity
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