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Children's Speech and Language Therapy - Stockport

Contact Information

Children`s Speech and Language Service T: 0161 204 4153/4154

For more information on the service visit Stockport’s local offer


Our service runs from 9am to 5pm.

Some training courses for parents are offered in the evenings.

Available at

The pre-school services and specialist services for cleft palate and stammering are provided within clinics/Stepping Hospital and are based largely around 6 areas:

  • Central Stockport - Beckwith House, Wellington Rd, Stockport SK4 1AF
  • Heaton Norris Health Centre, Cheviot Close, Heaton Norris, SK4 1SX
  • Hazel Grove Clinic – 253 London Rd Hazel Grove Stockport, SK7 4PW
  • Child Development Unit, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport SK2 7JE
  • Gatley Medical Centre, Old Hall Lane, Gatley, SK8 4DG
  • Bramhall Clinic - 66 Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall Stockport SK7 2DE
  • Brinnington Health Centre, Brinnington Rd, Brinnington, SK5 8BS


About Our Service

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service provides assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment for children with a range of speech, language and communication and swallowing difficulties. Treatment may be offered on an individual or group basis or through programmes of advice. The NHS service is for children with a Stockport GP up to the age of 16 years or 19 years if they attend Heaton Special School. The NHS SLTs may also be funded by a child’s school/local authority to meet a child’s needs under an educational duty as described in Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice.

The service is divided into teams depending on your child’s age & needs.

What should you do if you are concerned about your child’s speech, language or communication skills, when is the right time to refer?  

Pre-School children: The health visitor / early years worker will carry out a number of checks on your child between 0-5 using ‘Ages and Stages’ and you can speak with them about any concerns you may have at this time.  You can also talk to your Health Visitor or Nursery Staff if you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development. If you are concerned about your child’s development in more areas than just communication, call your health visitor for advice/information. They can make a referral to any service they feel is appropriate for your child. 

School Age Children: Therapists work in schools and hold meetings with the school special educational needs co-ordinator each term to discuss any child they / parents have concerns about. If you are concerned ask the school to discuss your child with their therapist and complete and sign this form to allow the SLT to observe/discuss your child. Following this advice will be given and if appropriate a referral be taken for the NHS school team.

What will happen next?

What will happen next depends on the difficulties your child is having. These may be with speech, language or social communication, dysfluency (stammering) and / or feeding / swallowing skills.

Your child may be offered intervention from the health visiting team, school or nursery staff.  The Speech and Language Team can offer further support and advice as needed. 

Parents/carers may be asked to carry out speech and language activities with their own child. 

School may be advised to follow in school interventions and a referral may or may not be needed.

Your child may be taken on by the speech and language therapy NHS team and offered a range of therapies such as group sessions or individual sessions with the speech and language therapist. 

Children may be given a programme of activities that nursery / school support staff would carry out with them and the therapist would see them again to review their progress. 

The Speech and Language Therapy service can also offer direct therapy to children with the most severe communication difficulties.   

Parents may be invited to training sessions to help them support their child’s needs.

This could include:

Makaton Training – use of signs and symbols to support language and speech development

Visual Approaches to support Autism

The level of service and support will depend upon the specific needs of your child’s speech and communication difficulties.

When should a child be referred to speech and language therapy?

The Speech and Language Therapy Service take referrals to assess children’s speech, language, communication and swallowing, for a range of communication related difficulties. Children should be referred to Speech and Language Therapy as follows: 

  • Children with severe speech or language delay including stammering.  Severe usually means children with a delay in their language of over 12 months.
  • If a child is stammering they should be referred immediately. 
  • Children showing signs of being selective mute should be referred immediately.
  • Children whose language has regressed, i.e. they have lost language they previously had.
  • Children with complex language and communication needs including Autism.
  • School age children with severe speech sounds and other difficulties including stammering. 
  • Children with feeding and swallowing difficulties, referrals should be to Child Development Unit.


Our Expertise

All Occupational Therapists are HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council) and are Members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy. We have staff trained to the equivalent of and have a wealth of experience and expertise in many specialities.

What you can expect from us

Your child will work with a member of the speech and language therapy team who has the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to manage your child’s speech and language problems, whatever their level of difficulty.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you will receive coordinated care and feedback to meet your child’s needs. 

If you would like to speak directly with the Speech and Language Therapy Services, you can contact the team to discuss the specific needs of your child. 

The NHS service will provide assessments and make recommendations about the educational needs of a child. If the child has a speech language or communication need that requires special educational provision this will usually be provided by the school funding the speech therapy. This is described in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice.

How to Use the Service

Parents can refer children directly themselves if needed by calling the Speech & Language Therapy Service although the service may ask for supporting information from school/nursery or other health care professionals before accepting a referral.

Referrals from practitioners need to be sent to CTSAdmin@stockport.nhs.uk referencing the Early Help Assessment / holistic assessment and needs of the child.

The Stockport Foundation trust NHS service is for children registered with a Stockport GP up to the end of year 11 or those attending Heaton Special school up to 19 years provided they meet the criteria for treatment.

© Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 2021. Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE. 0161 483 1010