Early Language Service
During the COVID-19 period, the Flying Start Speech and Language Therapy Service will be provided through telephone contact for as long as we are able. We aim to help families to continue to support their child’s speech, language and communication needs during this period while we are not able to provide direct intervention. We are hoping to ensure families have access to resources, targets and activities that you can use to support your child’s progress.
We encourage you to think of practical and fun things you can do at home to support these targets. Take a look on the internet. You will find many fun suggestions of how to encourage language at different levels using things you have inside/outside the house.
Tiny Happy People has some resources which are available in the Welsh language, however, the website is not fully bilingual. The Welsh Government continues to work with the BBC to produce further resources in Welsh.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to have a discussion with a therapist, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01267 227425 and we will call you back. You will need to provide your child’s full name and date of birth, and your contact number.
We aim to be available for as long as we can, subject to any changes in our duties within the NHS.
Flying Start Speech, Language and Communication Service
Learning to talk is a vital part of babies and children’s early growth and development. Communicating and talking regularly to your baby from birth (and during pregnancy), and offering them a wide range of stimulating activities, will help a child’s talking develop fully, to help them learn, thrive and be ready for school.
What do the Speech & Language Team do?
The Flying Start Speech and Language Therapy Service offers support to parents to encourage early stimulation, promoting speech, language and communication with their new born babies and toddlers. ‘Learning to Talk’ key messages are promoted to all Flying Start families and Baby Babble groups, which move around the county, are available to parents of babies aged 0-9 months.
Speech and Language Therapy is also available for Flying Start families and their children on a one to one basis in their homes, where children have been identified by their Health Visitors as having delayed language. Four week Adult Child Interaction packages can be offered, working with parents to adapt their interaction skills so that they can support their child who is learning to talk on a daily basis. Along with this, six week targeted speech & language programmes can be delivered in the home or nursery and provide parents with advice and activities to continue with their child.
Please talk to your Health Visitor or telephone 01554 742447 to see if you are eligible for any of these free services.