Parental Advice and Support

How to get your child referred

To get your child referred to our service, please see the Accessing our service page.

Universal Training

We are pleased to offer courses that are accessible for parents and carers whether or not your child or young person has been referred to the service.  This program is updated termly.  Please use the link below to find out what is available and to book your place.
If you try to book onto a training session and it is saying that it is sold out then please contact to request the link.
These sessions are free to any parents who have a Barnet GP or home address. As usual please book onto these sessions using the Eventbrite links which can be found in the above link.
If you have any questions, please contact our admin team or liaison officers on or

Drop in sessions with a therapist

These drop-in sessions are available for parents and carers where you will be able to speak to a member of our therapy team by phone or video consultation and receive advice and strategies to support your child/young person.  There are appointments for Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
To arrange a virtual drop-in session, please call  020 3316 8900 or email

Drop in sessions at Children’s Centres

The drop-in sessions are available for professionals and parents/carers where you will be able to speak to a member of our Speech and Language therapy team and receive advice and strategies to support your child/young person.

We speak another language at home

We work with interpreters as required for children and their families.
If your child users and/or understands two or more languages this is known as Bilingualism.  Being bilingual does not cause language difficulties.
We advise that parents use the language they are most natural and comfortable with.  This will give your child the best role model of language. Therefore, we recommend that you continue to use your home language.
If your child has a difficulty with English but not with their home language then this would not be considered a language difficulty and your child would not need to be seen by our speech and language therapy service for their language development.
If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty in both of their languages then please click here ‘Accessing our service’ to see how your child can access our service.
Please see the links below for further information:
For more information about Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Watch this short video clip for more information about bilingualism
Introduction to bilingualism: Dispelling the myths - YouTube

Should I be concerned about my child’s speech and language development?

Please use this link as a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.  You can also find advice here on how to support your child and what to look out for Ages and Stages.
Please use this link to access a range of milestones including motor, sensory and coordination.
Last updated11 Jun 2024
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