Specialist Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

The Specialist Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children in Nottingham city and county. We help children from birth to the end of school.

Who we work with and how we work

Who we work with

We work with children who need support with:

  • Understanding what is being said to them
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Using words and linking words together 
  • Saying sounds and speaking clearly
  • Communicating and interacting with other people
  • Using alternative ways of communicating
  • Having a healthy voice
  • Eating and drinking
  • Stammering

To find out more visit our Communication support page.


How we work

Our aim is to enable you to support your child’s communication when you need our help. In order to do this, you will initially receive phone or video appointments. The service also offers appointments at clinic, home, school, or nursery if needed. We liaise with other people involved in your child’s care, as agreed with you at your first appointment.

Sometimes we support parents through training courses. These are either live online or hosted on our training platform.

Our support is offered in short blocks around specific targets, to ensure progress is made and our intervention is working. Further support is available following a period of ‘practice time’ at home.


What to expect from your first appointment

Once your child’s referral to Specialist Speech and Language Therapy is accepted, you will be invited by text to phone in for an appointment. You will be phoned by a member of the team and asked questions about your child and your concerns.

Advice and recommendations will be given, and the ‘next steps’ agreed.

We use interpreters for families when appropriate and have access to interpreters in a wide range of languages.

Accessing our services

The service is available to children and young people (0 -18 years) who meet service entry criteria.

Anyone can refer to Speech Language Therapy, as long as they have the parents’ or carers’ consent.

Children’s Development Centre
City Hospital Campus
Hucknall Road

For queries please contact us on: 0300 1233387

To make a referral, complete and send our SLT referral form[docx] 120KB and Referral checklist.pdf[doc] 161KB (if you wish to print out the referral form and complete it by hand, please use this version: SLT referral form for printing.pdf[docx] 114KB).

If you are a school sending a referral, please send the referral via a password protected email to: childrensSLT@nottshc.nhs.uk.

Other things you need to know

Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot be available for your child’s appointment.

You can refer back into the service if your child’s speech and language therapy has ended and you have further concerns about their communication.

Speech and language therapy information regarding your child will be shared with other health professionals involved in their care. This is a part of our safeguarding young people policy.


You can:

  • Ask at any time to make an appointment with a Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Ask for a second opinion if you are not totally happy.
  • Choose whether to be involved in any video recording or student training.
  • Have access to your child’s speech and language therapy records on request.


Your child’s speech and language therapy will end:

  • when you and the speech and language therapist have agreed therapy is no longer needed.
  • if you do not attend your child’s appointment and do not contact us.
  • when your child reaches the service age limit.
  • if you cancel several appointments at short notice (with 48 hours).
  • when we have not been actively involved with your child for 6 months.

Service opening hours

8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.



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