How to make a referral

Referrals are accepted for children and young people aged 0–18 years (19 when significant learning difficulties are present), registered with a Solihull GP, who present with communication difficulties or problems with feeding and swallowing.

Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, health professionals or any other adult who knows the young person well. There is no charge for speech & language therapy services for young people who are eligible for NHS services.

What do I need to do before making a referral?

It is important that before a referral is made to the Speech and Language Therapy Service that you access the resources on the website beforehand. These resources for everyone are aimed to support various areas of communication prior to a referral to the service. We hope that these resources will support your child or the child you are working with.

If you feel that your child or the child you are working with still requires support from the Speech and Language Therapy Service, a referral can be made using the link below; however we do require you to share the following within the referral form:

  • Which resources you accessed
  • How they helped your child / the child you work with
  • If the resources were not useful, why not?

Referrers should ensure that all sections are completed and that the referral has been signed by the person who holds parental responsibility. Incomplete referrals will not be accepted, but will be sent to parents in order for missing information to be collated and returned.

Referrers should give information about how the child’s communication has been screened, what advice/strategies have been implemented and the impact of the advice/strategies.

If there is not adequate evidence of you accessing the resources on the website, the referral may be rejected with the view that these resources need to be accessed first.

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