Support for Pre-school Children

What happens at an assessment?

After introducing themselves, the therapist will have a discussion with you and your child (as appropriate to your child’s age and communication ability) about:

  • How your child feels about communication
  • Any specific areas of difficulty you/your child has noticed
  • Your child’s early developmental history
  • What support is currently in place

We will then assess your child’s communication skills in comparison to expectations for their age. This will involve using toys and pictures and try to make the assessment as fun as possible so that your child feels comfortable. Where possible, we will also choose from a variety of standardised (formal) assessments to give us information about specific areas of your child’s communication development. Please visit for more information on your child’s expectations.

Following the assessment activities, the therapist will discuss with the parents/carers to explain what the assessment has shown and to agree on the next steps. This will all be summarised in a report to parents, which outlines your child’s communication needs, next steps agreed with the SLT department, and any useful strategies for family and other adults to use. This report can be copied to any other professionals you feel will benefit from the information.

Most assessments will take place within clinic, however sometimes children may require assessments at home or within nursery settings. The Speech and Language Therapy team will be able to determine the best location to complete assessments for each child.

What happens after assessment?

Depending on your child’s needs, the next steps may be a communication partner workshop, therapy coaching sessions or discharge.

Communication Partner Workshop

Communication Partner workshops are held to share early interaction strategies that parents / carers and nursery staff can practise with their children at home and at nursery.  These sessions offer an opportunity for demonstrating and practising useful skills through a variety of methods, and in order to provide them with the best learning environment, adults are invited to attend without children.


Therapy Coaching Sessions

Therapy for pre-school children may be offered by a Speech & Language Therapist or a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant. They may be individual or group sessions according to the child’s area of need.

‘Confidence in Communicating’ Coaching Sessions
Direct one-to-one Therapy
Group Therapy
Therapy at home or nursery