The clinic is a joint Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust venture. It provides group and individual speech and language therapy for children in Newcastle.
It also helps children referred to the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service. Newcastle General Hospital host this service.
We select children for the clinic. This ensures they benefit and make the best progress from the service we provide.
Students provide the therapy, supervised by the University's Speech and Language Therapists.
When you bring your child here, you are helping them. But you are also making an important contribution to training future therapists.
Benefits to the children
Your children benefit because:
- children receive weekly therapy, including lots of individual attention
- most activities are games so children do not realise how hard they are working
- children have lots of fun but make good progress with speech and language skills
Our services and your children benefit because:
- our students spend many hours researching the best kind of therapy
- our students have time for thinking up fun and stimulating activities
- parents get involved by observing or taking part, here or at home
At the end of the clinic
We look at the children’s progress during the therapy sessions. When the agreed sessions come to an end, we agree the most appropriate route for the child between the:
- speech and language therapist
As with all intervention, a progress report goes to parents and involved professionals.
If you live in Newcastle, you can ask your child’s health visitor or school to refer your child. Ask them to contact the service, or contact us yourself, on 0191 2563085.
Helen Stringer co-ordinates the clinic in the University. She liaises with the NHS therapists to ensure a seamless service for the children.
If your child is attending, you need to contact Helen or one of the students on 0191 282 3085