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We provide support and treatment for people who have speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties. We offer separate, specialist services for adults, children/young people and people with learning disabilities.
Service running via telephone and video calls where possible, with some face-to- face support available.
We are supporting children and young people with Education, Health and Care Assessment Plans (EHCP) predominantly through direct contact via their parent/carer using telephone, email and online video consultations. The therapists are able to provide resources and coaching on how to best support a child’s speech, language and communication difficulties. If feasible, assessment of progress and direct therapy is delivered via a video link. Therapists are also available to local authority colleagues and education staff to discuss individual cases and provide updates and advice as part of a collaborative approach. We are actively working towards reinstating some face-to-face contact informed by risk assessment and priority of need.
Normal service. Patients are being contacted by video or phone call where possible.
Our Adult Speech and Language Therapy teams work in partnership with people and their families/carers to help manage communication and/or swallowing problems. These can be caused by conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and dysfluency (stammering).
We can provide:
If you, or your loved one, have a communication difficulty and would like to access our service, please contact us direct. For a problem with swallowing, please speak to your GP first. We have four teams based around Dorset, and will arrange sessions to suit you – either in a local clinic or community hospital, or in your own home.
Please note, we do not offer treatment for people with voice disorders – this is provided by speech and language therapy services at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital and Dorset County Hospital. We are also unable to support people undergoing gender reassignment.
For details of the support available for people with learning disabilities, please visit our learning disabilities website.
Our Paediatric Speech
and Language Therapy service works across Dorset in nurseries and pre-schools,
children’s centres, schools and health clinics.
If your child is aged
under five and you have concerns about the development of their speech,
language or communication skills, please speak with your health visitor, GP or
local children’s centre, nursery or pre-school. They will make some initial
checks, and can refer your child to us for a specialist assessment if required.
children, we accept requests for our specialist support and advice from schools
where support by education professionals has not resulted in the expected
progress. Paediatricians and other health professionals may also refer children
for assessment and support for problems associated with hearing impairment,
cleft palate, velopharyngeal impairment, swallowing difficulties and where a
diagnosis of Autism is being considered.
Ideas to support your child’s speech, language and communication can be found at www.ican.org.uk, www.talkingpoint.org.uk, www.afasic.org.uk, www.autism.org.uk, and www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
If you need to contact the service directly, please call 01202 443208.
Learn how to thicken drinks in
accordance with the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative
(IDDSI) by watching these short tutorials created by the Dorset HealthCare
Dysphagia Training Team:
Level 1 (slightly thick)
Level 2 (mildly thick)
Level 3 (moderately thick)
Level 4 (extremely thick)
Disabled Access: Yes
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00
Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Adult Speech and Language Therapy (Poole)
Adult Speech and Language Therapy (Weymouth)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Blandford)
Disabled Access: No
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Eastway Bournemouth)
Paediatric SaLT (Bournemouth - Family Resource Centre)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Moordown)
Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy (Boscombe, Bournemouth)
Parking : Yes
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Bridport)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Christchurch)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Dorchester Hospital)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Gillingham)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Lyme Regis)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Canford Heath)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Parkstone)
Paediatric SaLT (Poole)
Paediatric SaLT (Poole Hospital)
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (Portland)
Paediatric SaLT (Shaftesbury)
Paediatric SaLT (Sherborne)
Paediatric SaLT (Sturminster Newton)
Paediatric SaLT (Swanage)
Paediatric SaLT (Upton)
Paediatric SaLT (Wareham)
Paediatric SaLT (Wimborne)