The ways to access our services are shown below, and depend on age:
To help guide your decision making in where to signpost families, please look at the Bedfordshire or Luton referral guidance for professionals documents.
Pre-School age and younger
If your child is in pre-school or younger and you are worried about their speech, language and communication development you can complete a Pre-School Referral Form. Alternatively you can attend a speech and language drop in a your local children’s centre for early, informal advice. At assessment, a therapist will talk through your concerns with you and carry out a brief screen with your child. You can then make decisions together about what happens next.
We suggest referring to the Early Years pre-referral pathways for Luton and/or Bedfordshire to seek the options available prior to referral for your child/children in your care.
If you are a professional wanting to refer a child to our service please complete pre-school referral form for settings.
School age children and young people
Children who are school aged will require a School Age Referral Form SLT to be completed.
Please note the referral form has been updated. Please ensure you are using the version above.
School teaching staff are in the best position, along with parents / carers, to provide the required information about a child’s speech and language skills, their difficulties and the potential impact these are having on the child’s social interaction and their ability to access the curriculum. School education staff can also provide information about what has already been implemented to support the child. Using this information we can then ensure that the children who require specialist Speech and Language Therapy support can access the service for an assessment. As a service we therefore will only accept referrals for school age children from their school.
Please note for home-schooled children or young people not in education, employment or training the school-age referral form can be completed by their parent / carer or a professional / appropriate adult who is working with the child or young person.
School education staff may find it useful to gather further information on the child’s skills and needs, to inform referrals and offer initial support, by using the local Speech, Language and Communication Toolkit for Schools.
For children who have been receiving Speech and Language Therapy support and have recently moved into Luton or Bedfordshire, the previous Speech and Language Therapy service discharge report can be sent to the Single Point of Access team. This can then be triaged alongside new referrals. If further information is required this will be requested.