The ways to access our services are shown below, and depend on age:
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 if you live in Bedford or Central Bedfordshire you can attend a speech and language drop in a your local children’s centre. 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.
School age children and young people
Children who are school aged will require a School Referral Form to be completed. Please see the attached documents or list below.
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.
Therefore from 1st September 2018 we will only be accepting referrals for school age children from their school. To ensure we are supporting children at the optimum time of the academic year we will only be accepting referrals during the Autumn and Spring terms.
Each school has a named therapist for liaison, and referrals will need to be discussed with the named therapist before they are submitted. If the school is not aware of who is their named therapist, or their therapist has left or is on leave, then please contact the department on 01234 310163 or 01234 310712 and this discussion can be directed to an appropriate therapist.
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.
For children who have been receiving Speech and Language Therapy support and have recently moved into Luton or Bedfordshire, the previous SLT 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.