Speech and Language Therapy (Children)


This website is designed to give you an insight into the care that we provide and what you should expect when receiving a Speech & Language Therapy Service with our team.

We are one of the largest paediatric therapy teams in North-West London, providing for acute and community settings in the London Borough of Harrow and some out-of-borough schools. All staff are registered members of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (www.rcslt.org) and Council for Health Professionals (www.hpc-uk.org)

The Speech and Language Therapy team work with children from birth through to 18 years according to service criteria - please contact the department for more information. For information about communication disabilities in children, you can also visit The Communication Trust.

We aim to provide a high-quality, needs-led service to children and young people with communication and eating and feeding difficulties. Working in partnership with the children, their parents or carers, other health, education and social services professionals and voluntary bodies is integral to achieving this.

Description of service

OUR SERVICES: The Harrow Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service works with children with speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties from 0 to 18 years of age who have a Harrow GP and/or is a Harrow resident. We work within 2 teams, the pre-school/acute team and the schools team. The teams include specialist therapists who work with children who have difficulties in the following areas:

            Listening and attention

            Understanding and/or use of spoken language


            Speech sound production

            Interacting with other people, making social relationships

            Eating, drinking and swallowing

            Delayed language skills over and above any general learning difficulties

            Language difficulties associated with sensory/physical impairment or ASD


HOW TO REFER: The speech and Language Therapy department operates an open referral system whereby referrals can be made by anyone where parental consent has been gained. We accept written referrals stating the child’s needs, their date of birth, address, GP and telephone number. The child needs to be a Harrow resident. For children likely to need our schools service, a checklist will be sent to the child’s school before the referral can be accepted. Referrals will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt.

SERVICES FOR BILINGUAL CHILDREN: Where a therapist does not speak the family's first language, an interpreter will be present to help with assessment, support and advice.


Preschool Referral Form

School Age Children Referral Form

Secondary Service Referral Form

REFERRALS SHOULD BE SENT TO : Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy, Chaucer Unit- Level 3, Northwick Park Hospital,Watford Rd, Harrow, HA1 3UJ  or Fax to 020 8235 4157




Are you worried about your child's talking?

Misunderstood: Supporting children and young people with speech and language communication needs

Don't get me wrong: Information for supporting children and young people with speech and language communication needs

Help Your Child to Talk' - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists advice leaflet

SPEAKING OUT - Early intervention for young children with communication difficulties, The RCSLT

Universally speaking- The ages and stages of children's communication development from birth to 5, The Communication Trust

Language Difficulties in the Early Years

Universally speaking- The ages and stages of children's communication development from 5 to 11, The Communication Trust

Classroom Strategies for Primary Schools

Check list from universaly speaking 5 to 11 , The Communication Trust

Universally speaking- The ages and stages of children's communication development from 11 to 18, The Communication Trust

Classroom Strategies for Secondary Schools

*The Better Communication Research Programme 'what works'? - Review interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs. Click here for more information.








FEEDBACK about OUR service...

Pinner Park Infant and Nursery School

Preston Manor Secondary School 

Preston Manor - Feedback Two

Student Placement at Pinner Wood Centre

Weald Infant and Nursery School


Triage Sessions: Do you have worries or concerns about your child's Attention, Listening, Understanding, Play or Talking?

Learning Language and Loving It- "A program to promote children's socila, language and literacy development in early childhood setting"



Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

The team is based in Chaucer Unit, on level 3 of the main ward block at Northwick Park Hospital, but provide assessments and intervention on paediatric hospital wards both here and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

We work in partnerships with the children, their parents or carers, other health, education, and social services professionals and voluntary bodies. Intervention is carried out in the following settings:

  • Alexandra Avenue Health and Social Care Centre
  • Northwick Park Hospital – Jack’s Place, NNU, and Chaucer Unit
  • Harrow Schools – Primary and Secondary
  • Harrow nurseries and children centres
  • Belmont Health Centre, Caryl Thomas Clinic and Pinner Wood children's Centre


  • Service inquiries - Maria Luscombe, Head of Paediatric Therapies
    020 8869 3010

  • School inquiries- Melanie Abba, Lead Principal Schools
    020 8869 2476 / melanie.abba@nhs.net
  • Preschool inquiries- Sophie Scott, Lead Principal Preschool
    020 8869 2418 / sophiescott@nhs.net

Consultants and other key staff

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