Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

We work with children and young people, their parents and carers, school and nursery setting staff to help a child or young person develop the best possible communication skills. For most young people this will be spoken communication but for others it might be learning to use a communication aid or a signs/symbols/gestures approach.

What are speech, language and communication needs?

They include:

  • Problems making speech sounds
  • Understanding language
  • Putting words together
  • Stammering
  • Voice (such as persistent hoarseness)
  • Social communication skills
  • Feeding/swallowing

Sometimes these difficulties are alongside other problems such as learning difficulties but this is not always the case.

What can we offer?

We will assess the child or young person's communication skills to determine how best we can support any difficulties. This may be direct treatment for a specific condition, coaching advice for parents in order for treatment to be practiced at home or a support assistant to deliver a programme in school.

We are able to offer training sessions to help people understand specific communication difficulties and give ideas and strategies to help a child reach their full potential.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term used to describe methods of communication which can be used to add to the more usual methods of speech and writing when these are impaired.

AAC includes unaided systems such as signing and gesture, as well as aided techniques ranging from picture charts to the most sophisticated computer technology currently available. AAC can be a way to help someone understand, as well as a means of expression.

AAC may include a voice output communication aid such as that used by Professor Stephen Hawking or a communication board or book which may include symbols and or be text based. AAC is not used by people whose only impairment is in relation to their hearing.

You can find out more information about our Children's Therapy team and services here.

What parents have said about the service:

The activities are made fun by playing games. The children are never pressured into doing more than they can manage!

How to contact us

We are happy to discuss whether a referral would be appropriate. Please contact the office base nearest you:

Carlisle and Eden

Springboard Child Development Centre,
Orton Road
Tel: 01228 608117


The Children’s Therapy Department
Furness General Hospital
Dalton Lane
Barrow in Furness
LA14 4LF
Tel: 01229 402700 / 491320

South Lakes

Blackhall Unit
Westmorland General Hospital
Tel: 01539 715226

Allerdale and Copeland

Workington Community Hospital
Park Lane
CA14 1RW
Tel: 01900 705080