Speech and language therapy

Communication Needs Pathway for Schools

What we do

We support children’s speech, language and communication, up to the age of 16. Learning to communicate is a complex skill that is very important for social and educational development. Children may experience difficulties with:

  • using clear speech
  • listening to and understanding language
  • talking in words and sentences
  • social interaction
  • fluent speech (stammering)
  • eating and swallowing

  • Difficulties may be due to hearing impairment, cleft palate, physical difficulties, learning difficulties or Autism Spectrum (ASD). Our team of therapists includes specialists in all of these areas. For many other children there is no obvious explanation for their difficulties.

    We support children in clinics, homes, Early Years settings, children’s centres, primary schools and special schools. To be effective, Therapists need to work closely with parents, teachers, education support agencies and other health professionals.

    chatter matters

    Click the headings below to watch short clips of parents explaining how ‘chatter matters’™ courses have helped in their children’s language development.


    If a parent, teacher or health professional is concerned about a child’s speech and language development, they can refer directly to the service for an assessment (referral forms are below).

    Speech and language ‘Drop-in’ sessions are held at children centres where parents and carers of pre-school children can discuss their child’s speech and language development.

    We also have speech and language therapy information for Schools and educational professionals.

    Contact and location

    Warwick: Cape Road Clinic, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JP.

    Tel: +44 (0)1926 400001
    Rugby: Orchard Centre, Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV21 3SR.
    Tel: +44 (0)1788 555107
    Nuneaton: Speech & Language Therapy Centre, Clinic Drive, Nuneaton, CV11 5TT.
    Tel: +44 (0)2476 378620

    Patient information

  • Referring Pre-School Children and Form
  • Referral for School Age Children
  • Eating & Drinking (dysphagia)
  • Speech & Language Therapy for Deaf Children
  • Cleft Lip & Palate
  • Specialist Speech & Language Therapy for ASD
  • Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
  • How can I help my child to talk
  • Points to remember
  • Makaton signing training for Parents
  • Related links

  • Information for Schools & Education Professionals
  • Time to Talk
  • Talking Point
  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • British Stammering Association
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital – Healthy voice advice
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