Speech, Language & Communication Service

The Speech, Language and Communication Team of Northumberland County Council offer tailored support for children and young people whose spoken language difficulties are affecting their achievement and progress in school.

The Speech, Language and Communication Team of Northumberland County Council offer tailored support for children and young people whose spoken language difficulties are affecting their achievement and progress in school.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the current situation, and following national guidance, it is best to contact our team via the email address provided: asd.behaviour.slcn@northumberland.gov.uk

Messages will be checked regularly and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

The team is made up of:

  • four dually qualified Specialist Teachers/Speech and Language Therapists
  • two Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
  • nine Specialist Teaching Assistants

Our Speech and Language Therapists have their practice regulated nationally by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

What we do

We work to extend the skills and knowledge of school staff and, where appropriate, provide tailored programmes to meet the identified needs of children and young people referred to our service.

The team offers a range of support, which may include:

  • a speech and language assessment
  • individual targeted work relating to spoken language (usually delivered by a Specialist Teaching Assistant)
  • group interventions
  • recommendations
  • advice and strategies directly linked to the curriculum 
  • resource sharing
  • support for parents and carers
  • a comprehensive range of bespoke and accredited training to school staff

Who we support

Support is offered for children with delayed and disordered speech and language, children with a diagnosis of autism, as well as children whose phonological awareness difficulties are impacting upon their literacy acquisition.

All requests are responded to promptly and will typically include a report containing assessment information, with contributions from school staff, parent/carers and the young person.

Request for support

SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) can request support from Northumberland County Council’s Speech, Language and Communication Team by completing the SEND Support Services forms (see below). The forms can be filled in electronically and emailed to the team, or printed and posted.

Please click on the links below to access the documents.

Individual support request form

Whole school request form

Additional days and transfer days requests

Speech and Langauge information pack

Please click here to view our Speech and Language information pack.

How do we handle your information?

Please click here to view our 'How we Handle Your Information' document.

Contact us

Service Manager - Fiona Tarn
Office Manager - Helen Robson