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We support children with speech, language and communication or swallowing difficulties, from 0-16 years of age.  We also offer a speech and language therapy service to adults who stammer.  The speech and language therapist’s role is to identify children’s strengths and needs; and to support the development of skills in the child through their carers and teachers, to enable the child to maximise their potential. 

We are a service made up of approximately 120 staff split into different teams, including clerical support, speech and language therapy assistants and speech and language therapists. 

We work in a variety of settings from clinics across the city, to nurseries, schools, family homes, Children’s Centres and local hospitals. 

Our services

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support

AAC is a term that’s used to describe various methods of communication that can help people who have difficulties communicating using speech.

Some of these methods include using paper, tablets or computers and tools that replace or support natural speech. Each method is personalised to meet the needs of a child.

  • Paper based tools include core vocabulary board, communication mat/board or communication book
  • Specialist apps on computers or tablets
  • Other strategies and tools include sign, symbols, picture exchange or a pen and wipeable board

For more information about Augmentative and Alternative Communication visit the Royal College for Speech and Language Therapy website.

Our team at Sheffield work closely with Barnsley Assistive Technology and make onward referrals to their team for additional support and resources.

Visit the Barnsley Hospital website for more information about Barnsley assistive technology:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment

We are a team of speech and language therapists working as part of the assessment teams at Ryegate Children’s Centre and Centenary House. We carry out assessments jointly with our Paediatrician and Psychologist colleagues for all children that are referred for either an autism assessment or for a 2 day multidisciplinary assessment.

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Children who have English as a second language should not be assumed to have a speech and language difficulty. However, some of these children may have speech and language difficulties in their heritage or home language.

We provide a service to assess, identify and offer advice to bilingual children with speech language and communication needs.
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CAN (Complex and Additional Needs) Team 0-11 years) 

Our Complex and Additional Needs team can support children from the ages of 0-11 years who have Autism, learning disabilities, social, emotional and mental health needs and children requiring alternative communication methods. 

Our role includes:

  • specialist assessment and advice
  • providing speech and language support to integrated resources
  • training and mentoring for school staff and parents
  • supporting mainstream therapists in working with children with complex needs
  • creating specialist resources and communication supports

Our specialist team will work closely with their parents, carers and nursery/education staff.

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Cleft lip and/or palate support

Sheffield Children’s Speech and Language Therapy service work with people born with Cleft Lip and Palate and other people whose palate function effects their speech and/or eating and drinking. We work within a national framework of Cleft Lip and Palate centres and work closely with the Trent Regional Cleft Network based in Nottingham. Where appropriate we assess, offer treatment and advice, signpost children to other parts of the speech and language therapy service (when their communication and/or eating and drinking issues are not due to palate structure or function), and work with multidisciplinary colleagues – usually nurses, doctors and dentists.

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Developmental language disorder team 

Having Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) means that you have significant, ongoing difficulties understanding and/ or using spoken language, in all the languages you use.

DLD was previously known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI).

Children and young people with severe DLD in Sheffield may be able to access specialist assessment and intervention from a Speech and Language Therapist and Therapy Assistants. We work closely with school staff and parents.

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Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions run in different settings across the city for parent/carers who would like some Speech and Language Therapy advice about how to help their preschool child with their talking.

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Early Years (0-5)

Advice line

0114 305 3956

This phone line is for parents/carers or professionals to call if they have any questions about a child’s speech and language development. You can also get advice regarding strategies to help your child’s talking and to discuss a referral into Speech Therapy.

Available on the first Friday of every month, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Nursery and home visiting teams

Speech and language therapists and assistants work with early years settings such as nurseries and parents/carers to provide advice and support for preschool children who are struggling with the development of speech, language and/or communication skills.


We offer a range of online groups where you can access video resources and exercise to practice with your child. There are different group programmes to support different communication needs. Find out more about them at our Groups page.

Feeding and Swallowing (Dysphagia) team

Sheffield Children’s offers a service to help children who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Our Speech and Language therapists who specialise in supporting families with eating, drinking and swallowing are based within the early years, schools and special schools teams. There is also a team of therapists who see children when they are in hospital. Find out more on our eating and swallowing page.

Hearing impairment support

Providing assessment and support for the communication skills of children who are deaf/hearing impaired (with a severe to profound hearing loss).

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School teams

We work with primary and secondary school aged children who are referred into Speech and Language Therapy. We may offer your child an assessment in the school setting and advice as part of our support, or refer you on to one of our specialists for further assessment and intervention. Alongside this we work alongside other professionals to assess and support children who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from education.  

We also work with every Sheffield City Council special school supporting the school staff and families/carers as well as providing direct support for the children and young people for their communication and feeding needs.  Our interventions and strategies support the students’ needs across the day within their curriculum.

Selective Mutism

Speech and Language Therapists provide advice to parents and professionals to support children who have anxiety around talking in different settings and/or with specific people.
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Sheffield Vulnerable Young People’s Team 

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Some Sheffield City Council services ‘buy-in’ a speech and language therapy service to provide assessment and support for the most vulnerable and difficult to reach children and young people across the city.

We currently work as part of a multi-agency team in the following services.

  • Sheffield Youth Justice Service (YJS) – 4 days a week
  • Community Youth Teams (CYT) – 2 days a week
  • Aspire Hub 1 and outreach – 2 ½ days a week
  • Aspire Hub 2 and outreach – 2 ½ days a week
  • Sheffield Fostering Service 2 ½ days a week

Sheffield Youth Justice Service

Sheffield Youth Justice Service (YJS) is the Youth Offending Team (YOT) for Sheffield. They are part of a multi-agency statutory partnership between, Sheffield City Council’s Children, Young People and Families Services; South Yorkshire Police; South Yorkshire Probation Trust and NHS Sheffield.

The primary aim is to prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people (CYP) aged 10-18 years as well as supporting CYP who are involved in the Criminal Justice system. They operate a multi-agency assessment system to help identify suitable programmes to address the needs of each individual CYP.  This will support in the prevention of further offending and create positive life chances.

The speech and language therapists are part of a multi-agency specialist team including, education workers, a substance misuse worker, CAMHS nurses, a housing worker, physical health nurse and re-settlement officer who support CYP on out of court disposals and court orders.

Sheffield Community Youth Teams

The Community Youth Teams (CYTs) work in conjunction with Sheffield Futures to support children and young people aged 10-19 who need extra support to make positive choices. They aim to:

  • steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour, helping them to stay in school and post-16 education, work or training
  • help young people make the right choices and avoid behaviour that could harm them and their communities, such as drug or alcohol misuse, sexual exploitation or teenage pregnancy
  • build self-belief and confidence and make sure they have all the skills and information they need to cope with the ups and downs of life

Aspire Service

The Aspire service works with young people aged 12-25 years who are on the edge of coming into care, in care at the Aspire Hubs or care leavers. They aim to support young people to find a place of permanence within a family, foster family or the community.  The multi-disciplinary team consists of Hub Managers and Practitioners, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, a Looked After Children’s Nurse, a Police Officer, an Education Advocate and Foster Carers.

Fostering Service

The fostering service supports around 250 Sheffield City Council Foster Carer families in caring for a significant proportion of children and young people (CYP) who are Looked After. Foster Carers look after children and young people aged from 0-25 years. Each Foster Carer has an identified Social Worker, and has access to an in-house Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, who  support the emotional well-being of the children, young people and carers. The Speech and Language Therapists’ role includes:

  • providing training for staff and Foster Carers
  • providing assessment, signposting and strategies for CYP
  • giving advice to support the CYP in their home environment
Specialist Stammering service

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We provide advice, assessment and therapy for children, teenagers and adults who stammer. Using a child centred approach, we work closely with parents, schools and other professionals. Find out more on our Stammering service page.

Speech sounds service

This service provides short blocks of therapy, in clinic or primary school setting, to support children with their speech sound skills and speech intelligibility. 

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Voice clinic

Speech and language therapists assess and support children with voice difficulties, once they have been assessed by the ENT (ear, nose and throat) hospital team.

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