Referral Criteria – Language
Language difficulties can includes problems with understanding, using words and sentences appropriately, or engaging in conversation. Language difficulties can have an impact on literacy, learning and behaviour.
Conditions in scope
Referrals will be considered for children and young people presenting with language difficulties. All referrals are triaged with consideration given to the impact of the language difficulty the child or young person is having. This includes:
- Impact on behaviour, such as frustration, hitting out, withdrawal
- Lacking in means to communicate such as signing, gesture, words
- High level of concern by parents, pre-school setting
- Difficulty in making and maintaining friendships
- Difficulty processing information and instructions
- Impact on behaviour, such as frustration, withdrawal
- Difficulty expressing needs, wants, feelings and ideas
- High level of concern by parents and/or school
Specialist SLT services accept referrals for children with:
- Moderate to profound sensory-neural deafness
- Cochlear implant
- Maxillo-facial disorders including cleft palate
The SLT service uses Care Aims principles to support its clinical decision making at triage, assessment and through any intervention offered. This approach identifies the impact and clinical risk to the child or young person and supports the decision as to whether SLT is the appropriate service at that time. Please ensure that you indicate within the Request for Service form the impact the difficulty is having/perceived to be having on the child or young person.
Let’s Talk More – children 2 yrs. to 2 yrs. 11 months
Please review the list below and ensure that you have the appropriate documentation available to submit with your request – items in bold are required (by age appropriateness):
- Completed Request for Services form (to be completed by Requestor)
- Completed Devon ICS Information Sharing Consent Form (to be completed by parent/carer/young person)
- Early Years toolkit for children aged from birth to 5 years – summary/report of completed activities with outcomes
- Let’s Talk More screening tool for children aged between 2 years and 2 years 11 months – results of screening and score
- School Years toolkit for children and young people attending full time education – summary/report of completed activities with outcomes
- Speech Link/Language Link assessments – results and evidence of outcomes
Guidance and information
To ensure that your request is processed quickly, and the child or young person is accepted into the service as soon as possible it is important that you give as much information as you can in the Request for Services form.
Among other things, we will need to know:
- What the impact of the difficulty is on the child or young person at home and at school
- What has already been tried to help the child or young person, with the supporting evidence as described above
- What goals you have discussed with the child or young person and their parents/carers
Forms that do not have sufficient information in them to allow us to undertake effective clinical screening will be returned to the requester indicating the additional information required.
We work from a variety of locations around the county, and if a request for service is accepted we will offer the child or young person an appointment at the venue closest/most appropriate for them. This might be a local clinic, the child or young person’s school, nursery or children’s centre, and might in some cases be their home.
Children & Family Health Devon
Single Point of Access Team
1a Capital Court
Sowton Industrial Estate
Exeter EX2 7FW
t: 0330 024 5321