About us – Wigan Borough Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

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What is speech and language therapy?

Lots of children and young people have difficulties with their communication, or with eating and drinking. Speech and language therapy can help them.

Communication

Some children may be late to develop their communication skills. They may find it hard to understand speech, or to express themselves clearly. With support, they will catch up with other children of their age. Speech and language therapy works with parents, nursery and other supporting staff to develop strategies so that they can help the child catch up.

Other children may have longer lasting difficulties with communication. One aspect of communication might be particularly challenging for them. For example children may struggle with:

  • Understanding what is said
  • Finding and combining words to give a message
  • Speaking clearly: others may not understand
  • Speaking fluently: children may get stuck on words
  • Understanding social rules and interactions
  • The quality of their voice

We support children and young people who may or may not have additional disabilities.


Eating and Drinking (Dysphagia)

Some children have difficulties with managing food and drink. They need specialist assessment and advice from our dysphagia service.

General advice on weaning, picky eating or mealtime behavioural issues is provided by your Health Visitor.

The Dysphagia Service is available for children who have more complex eating and drinking needs.


Our service focuses on:

  • Supporting children and young people to maximise their ability to communicate and participate in education, at home and in their community.
  • Supporting children and young people to reach their full potential.
  • Enabling the child/young person and/or their parents/carers to confidently self-manage their communication and/or eating and drinking.

How we work

Preventative focus, coaching parents, providing advice and strategies, working with other strategies, creating an enviornment to maximise the child's current skills and alternative and augmentative communications systems


Who we support

We support children and young people aged 0-16 (0-19 if attending special schools) with an identified or suspected speech, language and communication need and those with eating and drinking disorders.


What we don’t do

  • Elocution and working on accents.
  • Dyslexia and helping children to read and write.
  • Teaching children how to speak English as an additional language (EAL).
  • Weaning and “fussy” eating.

Who we are

Wigan Borough Children’s Speech and Language Therapy team

We have specialist services for

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Complex Early Years
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Dysfluency (stammering)
  • AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)
  • SEN in mainstream and specialist settings
  • Dysphagia (Eating and Drinking)

Where we work

  • We offer services in a range of locations including community clinics, mainstream and special schools, other venues in the community and in the patient’s home as appropriate to the child’s and family’s needs.
  • The majority of buildings we use are accessible e.g. they have wheelchair access – however if you have accessibility needs, please contact us before your appointment so that we can support those needs.

People we work with

Physiotherapy

Occupational Therapy

Early Years Practitioners

Health Visitors

Children’s Community Nursing

Portage

Audiology

SEND team

Targeted Education Support

Learning Disability Team

Wigan Council.


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