Health professionals play a key role in supporting families and
can support children’s speech, language and communication
development by working closely with parents.
N.B.: Health professionals include midwives,
health visitors, GPs, paediatricians, nursery nurses, school
nurses, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, mental
health professionals etc. Any or all of these professionals could
be involved with identifying the child's needs and/or supporting
the child and his/her family.
Health visitors manage and advise on the
health needs of children 0-5 years of age. They play an important
role in the early identification of children with SLCN.
The 2 ½ Year Check which became statutory in
April 2010 covers an element of speech, language and communication,
as a delay would generally be difficult to detect at an earlier age
unless the child had a special need or disability. The Schedule of
Growing Skills (SOGS) is the assessment adopted in Worcestershire
which covers speech, language and communication assessment.
To support the identification of children and
the decision about when children may need referring to the Speech
and Language Therapy Service, it is recommended that Health
Visitors (and others who are considering referral to Speech and
Language Therapy) use the
Guidelines for Referral to Speech and Language Therapy
Health visitors are commissioned to undertake:
- Targeted antenatal contacts - First time
mums & those at risk
- Universal new birth visit (11-14 days)
- Universal six weeks postnatal assessment and
evaluation of need in order to prioritise and deliver intensive
programmes of care for the most vulnerable children
- Targeted 3-4 month contact - First time
mums & those at risk
- Universal 9 month contact
- Universal 2 ½ year contact
- New to area contacts
- Provision of 6 monthly health reviews for
© Worcestershire County
Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.
Within the SLCN Pathway :
- The use of child/children
refers to children and young people
- The use of setting includes
childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools,
- The use of parents refers to
parents and carers.
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