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Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapy

We are an enthusiastic team of Speech and Language Therapists and assistants, who work with children and adults across the county of Herefordshire. Speech and Language Therapy provides life-improving treatment, tailored support and care for people of all ages who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. The team work together with children, adults, families, carers and the wider workforce, to carry out assessments and plan personalised therapy programmes which meet each individual’s needs.

What is a Speech and Language Therapist?

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) work with children and adults who have communication problems including;

  • Difficulties listening and concentrating
  • Difficulties interacting with others
  • Difficulties understanding what people say
  • Difficulties saying sounds and words
  • Difficulties putting words into sentences
  • Stammering
  • Voice difficulties

Speech and Language Therapists also help children and adults who have eating, drinking and swallowing problems.

Speech and Language Therapists are "Allied Health Professionals", and are governed by 2 organisations:

Each Speech and Language Therapist is checked through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) before they can be employed. All professionals who work with children must be CRB checked, as part of the Safeguarding Children and Every Child Matters Government Directive.

Places where Speech and Language Therapists work

Speech and Language Therapists work in various locations and settings across the county to support and develop individual’s communication needs.

Speech and Language Therapists work with parents. carers, families and other key people to help individuals communicate as effectively as they can. Speech and Language Therapists may provide support to:

  • Schools and nurseries:
  • Children's centres
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing/residential home
  • Patient’s own homes
  • Community sites 

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

There is information, support, services and activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

To find out about the local SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) offer visit the Trust's SEND page.


Speech and Language Therapy Services
Speech and Language Therapy Department
Vaughan Building
Ruckhall Lane

Tel: 344344 or 363975 

Speech and Language Therapy
Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital

Tel: 01432 355444 ext 5155

External Links
Information and a contact point for members of the public searching for a private Speech and Language Therapist

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Charity site: The RCSLT is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK

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