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This is where some children and young people find it difficult to listen, understand and communicate with others and need support to develop this skill.

If you're concerned that your child has speech, language and communication problems, speak to your doctor, or health visitor if they're under 5.

My child has speech, language and communication problems

Speak to your school SENco or health visitor for more support and advice. 

You may also get support from the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Speech and Language Therapists work with children and young people who experience a wide range of difficulties including:

  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Stammering (Dysfluency)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Eating and drinking difficulties (Dysphagia)
  • Learning difficulties
  • Physical difficulties
  • Voice disorders

If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language skills, you can also call the NHS Herts Community Trust (NCT) speech and language therapy advice line on 01992 823093 and leave a message. You will be contacted by one of the Speech and Language Therapists.

The Advice Line is open to parents/carers or professionals who have a query or who want to discuss a potential referral.

 *If your child is already known to the HCT service please contact 01992 823193