Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Services

We provide comprehensive services for children and young people (CYP) in Gateshead, who have difficulties with speech, language and communication (SLC) and/or eating, drinking or swallowing (EDS) difficulties. 

Our role includes assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention of difficulties in these areas.  Therapy may include the provision of advice and programmes to parents, carers and education staff, individual or group therapy or the provision of an alternative means of communication.

We support CYP and their families to adapt and manage changes, in all areas of their lives relating to communication and/or feeding/swallowing difficulties.

We work in partnership with agencies especially Social Services, Local Authority and charitable organisations to reduce the impact of these isolating difficulties on CYPs well-being.

Our aim is to maximise the communication potential of all CYP who have SLC difficulties and to ensure safe, effective feeding for children with EDS, working as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

We operate an open referral system.  Referral forms can be obtained by contacting the relevant department.

Where is the service provided from?

We are based at Bensham Hospital, Saltwell Road, Gateshead NE8 4YL

Clinics are provided in Gateshead at the following venues:                                                                    

Birtley Children’s Centre                     Grassbanks Health Centre

Blaydon Primary Care Centre                        Low Fell Clinic                        

Carr Hill Clinic                                     Ryton Clinic   

Dunston Health Centre                       Whickham Health Centre

Felling Health Centre                          Wrekenton Health Centre

Gateshead Health Centre

In addition we see Pre-school children in Nursery settings and in their homes and deliver therapy in the four Special schools in Gateshead and into the Language Additionally Resourced Mainstream Base at Brandling School.

For all enquiries relating to Children’s SLT in Gateshead contact:

The Children’s SLT Service at Bensham Hospital, Saltwell Road, Gateshead NE8 4YL

Tel: 0191 4456667

Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 8.30 – 5.00pm. Answer phone facility at other times.

Our teams comprise of Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants working in the areas of Community Paediatrics and Special Needs. All staff can be contacted via the Department - details above



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