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Hospital offers speech therapy drop-in sessions

Friday 27th July 2018
NHS Tayside is seeking to make its speech therapy services for children more accessible with a series of drop-in sessions.
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An NHS trust in Scotland has made drop-in sessions available to parents who have concerns about their children's speech development. 

NHS Tayside Children and Young People’s Speech and Language Therapy Service began the service on July 25th, with plans to make this a regular occurence, the Dundee Evening Telegraph reports. 

It means that any parent, guardian or carer can bring a child along if they have concerns about their speech development. 

There will be no need to book an appointment  beforehand, with visitors simply needing to drop in and wait to see an expert. Once there, tests can be made and advice given by speech and language therapists, who will be on hand to provide the face-to-face service. 

A range of different centres in the NHS Tayside area will host events. The first was a two-hour session in the Arbroath Abbey Health Centre, with upcoming events to take place at Lochee Health Centre in Dundee and Drumhar Health Centre in Perth early next month. 

The idea of this service is to make speech therapy more accessible to the public, and also enable people to take the initiative at a very early stage if they have any reason to believe that a child in their care is developing problems. 

Indeed, early intervention may have the benefit of enabling therapists to begin working to help children with problems before these get any worse. 
NHS Tayside's service works with a range of different methods of helping children, including online facilities provided through the CHAT website. This features two cartoon birds - Rhyming Robin and Chatty Charlie - who guide users through the site to help them engage with the services on offer and steer people to the kind of help they need. 

It includes information for parents and professionals, details of training taking place in each area covered by the trust, useful websites to visit and a frequently asked questions section.

Written by Martin Lambert

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