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Speech and Language

Reading SEND Local Offer

Speech & Language Drop In Clinics Reading ~ Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, and because we want to keep both our patients and staff as safe as possible, we have made the decision to suspend our face to face speech and language therapy drop in clinics in the Reading, Wokingham and Newbury areas.

If you would like any advice or wish to speak to a speech and language therapist, please send an email to the email address below. Please include the child’s name and date of birth and we will get back to you as soon as we can:

Wokingham/Bracknell –

Reading –

West Berkshire (Newbury) –

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHS)~ CYPIT ~ Speech & Language Therapy

Page reviewed February 2022

Speech Language and Communication

Good communication skills are key to children’s learning and their future success in nursery and school. 

Children’s Centres, early year’s settings and the health visitor team in Reading work closely with speech and language therapists to support children’s communication development.  Children’s centres run a fun programme of activities/events that will help your child’s communication skills.

Speech and language therapists are available for discussion and advice at Reading Children’s Centres at monthly ‘drop-ins’. 

Please click on the link to your local Children’s Centre if you would like to find out more about activities running at children’s centres in Reading that encourage good communication and to find details of drop-ins.  Groups not running at the moment, due to covid-19.

Children & Young Peoples Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) ~ Speech & Language Therapy

NHS Speech and language therapy is offered as part of the Children & Young Peoples Integrated Therapy (CYPIT) service for Berkshire. Speech and language therapists may offer support and offer advice about a child or young person’s:

  • Ability to understand and follow language that they hear at home or in the classroom
  • Ability to use words and sentences to communicate with others
  • Ability to play and interact with other children, young people and adults
  • Ability to listen and concentrate
  • Ability to talk clearly and use the correct sounds in words
  • Stammering
  • Eating and drinking difficulties

To find further information and tips on supporting a child/young person’s skills, or if you would like to discuss or make a referral please visit the Berkshire Healthcare NHS website.  For all new referrals please contact our Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) HealthHub

Alternatively you can telephone: 0300 365 1234 or visit website, online referral form available.

CYPIT ~ Parent Carer Information Videos

The Berkshire CYPIT team have produced some ‘talking head style’ videos about play and language development that parents may find useful. 

Berkshire Health Care CYPF ~ Speech & Language Articles

Speech, Language & Communication - useful websites:

Talking point: For Information on Children’s Communication

The British Stammering Association: Impartial information and support on stammering, also known as stuttering

AFASIC England is working to support children and their parents, enabling them to overcome their speech and language difficulties. Being able to speak and communicate with other people is an essential life skill. For most children and young people learning to communicate comes easily. For some children and young people, however, it is a major challenge as they have a speech and language impairment. 

Makaton symbols and signs are used by many children and adults as their main method of communication or to support speech. Visit website for more information.

Stories with Symbols a charity to provide story time with symbols created by a Speech & Language Specialist and a parent.

ICAN: The Children’s Communication Charity ~ Concerned about a child’s talking, listening and understanding? Are you looking for more information about speech, language and communication? I CAN has launched a new service to provide expert information to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication. I CAN’s speech and language therapists can help - whether you would like to check communication milestones or find out how to support a child with a known speech, language and communication need. Parents and practitioners who have used the service say they have found it really useful to talk directly to a speech and language therapist and to gain information about speech, language and communication development. They have also appreciated receiving information about training, research and other organisations that can offer help and advice. Tel: 020 7843 2544 to book your free and confidential call-back from a speech and language therapist. If you would prefer an email response to your questions please visit website. Find out more about what this service can offer.

As the I CAN Help Enquiry Service does not include meeting and assessing children, the service is unable to provide specific advice about a child or the level of provision they should have. I CAN is the children’s communication charity.