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Speech and Language Therapy Barnsley

The children’s speech and language therapy team provide support to children and young people aged 0-18 years who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) which affects eating or drinking.

We assess children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills and work with them alongside their parents and teachers, to help them communicate and eat and drink to the best of their ability.

Who do we work with?

We assess and provide advice for children who have:

  • difficulty producing sounds
  • difficulty understanding language
  • difficulty using language
  • difficulty with feeding, chewing and swallowing
  • a stammer

Which professionals do we work with?

As speech and language therapists we work closely with other agencies and professionals to help children reach their potential.

We work with doctors, teachers and other educational staff, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

We work in a variety of settings including:

  • community clinics
  • mainstream schools
  • special schools
  • nurseries 
  • people's homes
  • hospitals
  • children’s centres

We work with children and young people who live in Barnsley or who are registered with a Barnsley GP, who meet our referral criteria.

Speech and language therapy aims to:

  • provide clinically appropriate treatment to meet the current needs of children and their parents or carers
  • support children and their family to use speech therapy at home 
  • empower parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals to use strategies provided by the Speech and Language Therapist
  • provide early intervention and advice
  • make developing speech, language, communication, eating and drinking fun and everyone’s responsibility.

We offer:


All children and young people referred to the service will be assessed and offered a package of care to meet their needs. Once the package of care is complete the child or young person will be discharged from the service.

Children can be re-referred if clinically needed.


A speech and language therapist may need to see the child/young person to carry out a specific programme of work. 

Usually the speech and language therapist advises on some practice or activity to be carried out by the child or young person’s parents/carer or school staff. We ask when referring a child to speech and language therapy that parents/carers understand they will need to make a commitment to attend appointments and carry out daily practice.


Training may be required as part of a child’s package of care. School staff and/or parents/carers will be offered a place on training courses provided by the service.

Health promotion/prevention:

The service is committed to training and educating people who work with children to enable them to support speech and language development in early years with the aim of reducing the incidence and impact of speech and language delay.

Why would someone choose our service?

  • Children are seen quickly. We see children between 6-8 weeks from referral.  They get help if they need it straight away.
  • Over 90% of parents and carers report that they would recommend our service to their friends and family (February 2019)
  • Over 90% of parents and carers reported that our service helped their child (February 2019)
  • We offer training to parents, carers and professionals. Over 90% of people report that our training was useful,  well presented and was a good use of their time (February 2019)
  • 100% of people said they would come to more training in the future (February 2019)

Who to contact

Contact Name
Deborah Newman / Janet Whiting
Contact Position
Clinical Manager
Barnsley Speech and Language Therapy

Where to go

The Lodge
Kendray Hospital
Doncaster Road
S70 3RD

Please note:

This is an administrative base only, no children are seen at this location.

Other Details


Referral Details

All referrers are required to complete a referral form and seek the consent of a person with parental responsibility. Guidance on who and how to refer can be found on our website

Please refer to the referral checklist for guidance on who to refer and complete a referral form

Last updated on 09/07/2019
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