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Speech and language therapists are the lead professionals in the diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders.
Children learn from parents, teachers, friends and family and therefore as Speech and Language Therapists it’s really important we work collaboratively with everyone in the child’s life to get the best outcomes. Some children learn communication skills quickly and some children may take longer. Some children may also have lifelong speech, language and communication difficulties so our role is not always to ‘cure’ and ‘fix’ children but ensure those around the child have the skills and knowledge to continue any support they may need for the future.
A speech and language therapist may support children who need help with:
Find out more about what our Speech and Language Therapy team does with this useful video below:
The team based at Alder Hey hospital works closely with our craniofacial, neuromuscular, long-term ventilation and cleft lip and palate services to treat children and young people with various conditions. We also assess and work with children who are inpatients, for example following a brain injury. A speech and language therapist may support children who need help with:
Please call us on 0151 252 5404 to speak to the hospital-based service. To contact one of our community teams please use the numbers in the tabs below instead.
Health professionals should make a referral in writing to:
Head of Department, Speech and Language Therapy
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Referrals can also be made internally through the Meditech 6 system.
Alder Hey Children's Charity