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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy: Primary Schools

This speech and language therapy service supports children and young people with communication and eating and feeding difficulties including:

  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Language delay
  • Specific language impairment
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Autism/social interaction difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Voice disorders
  • Selective autism

The child or young person must be registered with a Harrow GP and/or should be a Harrow resident.

What does the service provide?

The speech and language therapists (SLT) aim to provide a high-quality, needs-led service to children and young people with communication and eating and feeding difficulties. To achieve this, we work in partnership with the children, their parents or carers, teachers, teaching assistants, and other health, education and social care professionals and voluntary bodies.

Each school in Harrow has a designated SLT who co-ordinates the service to that school. Intervention is primarily carried out in partnership with parents, school staff and other professionals. This is done by:

  • Providing assessment and review to establish how the pupil’s needs impact on their ability to access the school day.
  • Joint target setting and strategy development with school staff for inclusion into the child or young person's individual educational plan.
  • Direct therapy for children with a specific clinical need as required. This always involves collaboration with school staff to ensure carryover into the classroom.
  • Attendance at Annual Reviews and Planning Meetings as necessary.
  • Training/INSET is offered to all schools

Emphasis is placed on supporting the school so that strategies can be implemented throughout the school day.

How do I access the service?

All professionals and parents can make a referral. Parental consent is essential to all referrals.

For all referrals, schools are asked to complete a referral checklist in order to provide information about their concerns, support that has been put in place by school and the child’s response to this. Forms are available in all schools, via the service website or from the speech and language therapy service.

Once referrals are processed by the Principal Speech and Language Therapist for Schools we aim to see each child within 8 weeks. Each child will receive an assessment in school, although some assessments are also offered during school holidays. Following assessment, a decision will be made regarding future management and a written report will be provided.

Referrals for children with mild speech difficulties, a stammer or voice problem may be seen at a community clinic or at Northwick Park Hospital.

This service is available from Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 5.30pm.

Temporary COVID-19 Arrangements

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic we have made some temporary changes to the way that we deliver therapy services to children, young people (CYP) and families, for example in minimising face-to-face contact. We continue to provide support but in a different way through telephone advice, video conference and written advice where needed. We will be offering face to face contacts to a small number of high risk CYP. We continue to accept new referrals and will contact you to make an appointment for a teleconference within 8 weeks. We continue to work with colleagues in early year’s settings and schools to ensure they have up to date speech and language therapy advice to support your child.

We do not know yet when normal services will resume. These changes have been made in order to keep you and our staff safe and follow the nationally published guidance for community services. We understand that this is a very unsettling time but we are here to support you, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the department.

Contact Us
Paediatric Therapy Department
Chaucer Unit Level 3, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ
Telephone: 0208 869 3010
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).

For further information about the service visit

Harrow’s Local Offer: Your Guide to Services

The Harrow Local Offer sets out the services and support available in our borough for children and young adults under the age of 25 with special educational needs and those who are disabled. It also provides information about a young person's transition into adulthood.

The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. Knowing what is available and how it is accessed gives more choice and control to families and young people.

The Local Offer provides:

  • One place to find information about the support available across education, health and social care
  • Details about how to access services
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Who is Harrow Parent Forum for?

Harrow Council and the local parent forum, Harrow Parent Forum (HPF) have been working together to improve services for children and young people (up to the age of 25), with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities and their families.

What does the service provide?

  • We offer advice and support to families with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • We run events and consultations with speakers from a variety of  services across Harrow and outside the borough
  • We seek contributons from families to shape services

For further information and to find out how you can get involved, visit www.harrowparentforum.org

How do I access the service?

To access the service please contact us using the details below:

Address:

Harrow Parent Forum
Cedars Hall
Artillery Place
Chicheley Road
Harrow Weald
HA3 6QJ

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Phone/Text: 07928 577689 (please leave us a message)

Who is the Child Health Medical Team for?

Community Paediatricians work with children and young people aged 0-18 years (or up to 19 years if young person attends a special school) who have:

  • Developmental difficulties (both pre-school and school age).
  • Physical disability, including cerebral palsy and the ongoing effects of brain injury.
  • Communication disorders, including autism spectrum difficulties.
  • Some behavioural difficulties, including ADHD and Tourette syndrome.
  • Learning difficulties with associated complex medical problems such as epilepsy.
  • Down’s syndrome and other genetic disorders which cause disability.

The child or young person must have a Harrow GP and/or should be a Harrow resident.
The team also provide services to children and young people living in special circumstances e.g. children looked after by the local authority.

What does the service provide?

The Children’s community child health team is made up of senior consultant paediatricians who provide diagnosis, treatment, on-going support and monitoring to children and young people in their care. This involves working in partnership with other professionals including therapists, orthotists, dieticians and other members of the Child Development Team as well as education, social services and the ADD LINK HERE WHEN PAGE IS CREATEDChild And Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The team are based at Northwick Park Hospital and work across a variety of community settings within Harrow and have excellent links to local schools and other services in the area.

How do I access the service?

Referrals can be made by a GP, health visitor, school nurse, social worker in certain circumstances, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, child and adolescent mental health clinic and consultants from other specialties.
Referrals are discussed within a multi-disciplinary professionals team meeting to determine the most appropriate services to meet your child’s needs. To support a child’s diagnosis, further information from a child’s pre-school, nursery or school may be required.

This service is available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
Community Child Health Services, Children's Services Offices
Admin Block, , Level 6 BB, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Rd, Harrow. HA1 3UJ
Telephone: 020 8869 5813
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).

For further information about the service visit LNWH NHS

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