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01535 292821


Child Development Centre,, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Airedale General Hospital, Steeton, BD20 6TD


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Airedale NHS Speech and Language Therapy (0-19 years)

What does it do?

 An NHS service covering  the  areas of Bingley, Ilkley, Keighley, Steeton and Silsden, as well as the Craven area of North Yorkshire 

Provides support to children with developmental or acquired speech, language and communication needs. The team also assesses and gives advice on eating and drinking difficulties (chewing and swallowing), and works with individuals who have a stammer. The team will also provide assessment and advice for children who require alternative or augmentative communication aid provision.

Who is it for?

Children and young people aged up to 18 (19 in a special school) with suspected or identified speech and language and communication problems and/or feeding/swallowing difficulties living in the Airedale area.

The service can be accessed by making a referral using the referral form on the Airedale NHS  Trust website or on Bradford Schools Online website.

Children  and young people can be referred by their  nursery or school,  other health professionals, family members with parental responsibility  or self-referrals ( age 16 plus) . An advisory triage service  is available for children under six.

Here you will find more information on Children's Referrals

 Enhamnced Traded/ commissioned services are also available 

Contact our  administration  team or   Alison Rohatynskyj  service manager on 01535 292821  or 



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How long will I have to wait?

Our advice /triage service aims to give a telephone appointment within 6 weeks . We aim to begin assessment of all accepted referrals within 18 weeks

Where will my child be seen ?

Appointments may be by telephone , virtual ( by video) or at one our main site at Keighley health centre, Bingley Canalside, Ilkley Coronation , Airedale Hospital or Skipton General Hospital . A small number of children may be seen at home . Follow up visits in the school or nursery setting may take place to observe, discuss with staff, model strategies and interventions , depending on the clinical pathway they are following

What is episodic care?

All our pathways are designed as episodes of care . That means that the child will follow a pathway that has an end point when the current piece of work/ intervention is complete, advice is in place . We try to use the term "episode closed" rather than discharge as we recognise many children will need to reaccess our service . We will let you know when we think that may need to be considered - e.g. at transition times

What if my child has an EHCP ?

If SALT ( Speech and Language Therapy) is part of the educational provision outlined in the childs EHCP , and we are able to , then we may be the provider of this , but some schools will commission their own speech and language therapist to deliver an enhanced level of input. We will inform the school and the local authority if we are unable to deliver the therapy described . For some children the provision will be the same as the standard health pathways, for other sit will be different, and episodes may be continuous on an annual cycle

I'm not sure if my child needs speech and language therapy assessment

we'll be updating our website with lots more information soon , but please feel free to contact us on 01535 292821

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