Early Years Speech and Language Therapy
Who is the service for?
The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team works with families of children aged 0-4 years (up to preschool age), across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
What we do
We provide advice, assessment and therapy to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
We offer direct support to children referred into the service with:
- Significant Language Delay
- Developmental Language Disorder
- Speech sound difficulties
- Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication needs (e.g., using communication charts or books or technology, such as an iPad, as a communication system)
- Communication needs associated with complex medical conditions or acquired brain injury.
Direct support may be in the form of advice, assessment, or therapy, as appropriate.
Services are open to pre-school children who have a GP and live within the Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area.
Talk to Me campaign
You can support your child’s language development by chatting, singing, playing and reading to them throughout the day. Our Talk To Me campaign offers tips on ways to interact with your child so they can develop their communication skills.
Making time to chat, play, share books and sing together with your child will support their language development and can be lots of fun too. When is your best ‘together time’?
Your child loves chatting, playing, sharing books, and singing with you. Check out these short information videos and bitesize tips to help you make the most of your ‘together time.’
Chat with me!
- Ideas on how to chat together: https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/tools-for-talking-12-18-months/z3hkcmn
Play with me!
- How toddlers learn through play – BBC Tiny Happy People
- Ideas for playing together: Learning to talk 3 to 5 years – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Share books with me!
Sing with me!
Here are some useful websites for more information, ideas, and fun tips:
- Ideas for supporting language through sharing books together as well as other everyday activities: https://wordsforlife.org.uk/
- Tips in different languages- sign up for free access to resources: https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/time-together-multilingual-families/
Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit
Communication is a complex skill, which begins to develop even before a baby is born. There are many areas of development that build together, for your child to become a confident communicator.
To find out how speech, language and communication develops watch this short information video: Language Development Steps video.
Information and signposting
You can find more information in the toolkit section below.
You can call us about general enquiries, including appointments and waiting list queries, on the numbers below:
- Bristol and South Gloucestershire: 0300 125 5145
- North Somerset: 0300 125 6710
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following details to help us with your enquiry: the child’s age; your postcode; early years setting; whether you are a professional or a parent/carer; and the reason for contacting us.
Please note that emails may not be secure and professionals will need to have parental consent to contact us about a child.
This short video explains how communication and language skills develop and provides ways to help your child learn language and take turns in a conversation.
Sorting Out Sounds
For information and ideas on supporting speech sound development, watch these two short videos.
To speak to a therapist for advice, contact us on one of the advice lines below:
Monday 9.30 a.m. -11.00 a.m. (term time only)
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. -12.30 p.m
East and Central Bristol
Tuesday: 9:30am – 12 noon
0300 124 6876
Wednesday: 9:30am-12 noon
0300 124 6876
Thursday: 9:45am-12 noon
0300 124 6876
0300 124 6877
Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy has an open referral system. If you wish to make a direct referral to the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service, please have a look at our Referral Criteria and if you feel your child meets the level of need required, complete the Single Point of Entry Form and Supporting Questionnaires. Please ensure you have parental consent.
Making a Referral:
If you have concerns about your child’s social interaction or feel they may be showing signs of autism, please visit the pages relating to our Autism Assessment Service.