Call: 0300 421 8937

The Independent Living Centre, Village Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, GL51 0BY

The Speech and Language Therapy service is a countywide specialist service for children & young people aged 0-18 and their families and carers. We support difficulties with speech, language, communication, feeding or swallowing.

Speech & language therapists are qualified professionals with an in-depth knowledge of difficulties with communication (understand & using spoken language and social communication skills) and eating & drinking disorders.

The service provides assessment, advice and treatment planned around the individual needs of the child & family. Advice, training and support may also be provided to teaching & support staff or other professionals as appropriate, to facilitate the development of communication skills.

Our core hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

How to see a children’s speech and language therapist

Children can be referred to the service by their parents or by another health or educational professional with the parent’s permission.

Referral Pre-School

Referral School Age

For children with feeding/swallowing difficulties the child’s GP will be informed of the referral.

For children referred because of voice difficulties, an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) referral may be required.

Where are children seen

Children are seen at the most appropriate place which may include: Health Centres, mainstream schools (primary & secondary), special schools, independent schools, early years settings such as children’s centres, playgroups & nurseries or the child’s own home.

Advice and Activities

Information on speech sounds and development and advice for parents and carers:

General Information.pdf
When Children Learn Sounds.pdf
What can I do to help.pdf

Useful information for children, carers and families

Children learn through play. It is important to spend some time each day playing and talking with your child (and listening to them) – playing with something they enjoy.

Make talking a part of everything that you and your child do together, whether it's supermarket shopping, bath time, walking to the bus stop or cooking dinner.

Remember that communication is more than just talking – looking, listening, pointing, using gesture and facial expressions are all important aspects of communication.

Dummies: we advise that dummy use is restricted to times when the child is tired or needs a dummy for comfort. Dummy use should be discontinued as soon as possible – by the child’s 1st birthday at the latest. Prolonged dummy use can interfere with the development of speech sounds and clarity of speech as well as reducing the opportunities for children to communicate. It can also affect the healthy growth of teeth. Similarly, use of bottles with teats should be discouraged once the child can drink from a cup.

Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television / videos / DVDs and playing on the computer / playstation and other similar activities.