Speech and Language Therapy for Children (Brighton & Hove Children and Families)

Promoting effective communication and safe swallowing for children in Brighton and Hove. The speech and language therapy service for children is part of the Integrated Child Development and Disability Service (ICDDS).

Speech and language therapists are trained to help children to develop their communication skills. Some children find talking and listening harder than others. They might find it hard to understand what words and sentences mean. Some struggle to find the right words or sounds to use and put them in order. These children may need help from a speech and language therapist to develop good communication skills. Speech and language therapists offer assessment, advice and support in close partnership with families and other professionals. Some speech and language therapists also help children with eating and drinking difficulties.

The speech and language therapists work with children from 0 to 16yrs in a variety of locations including children's centres, health clinics, special education and mainstream schools, hospitals, and pre-school settings.

Speech and language therapists can help develop:

  • attention and listening
  • play skills
  • understanding and using spoken language
  • recognising and producing speech sounds
  • using language socially
  • other ways of communicating, e.g. using signing and symbols
  • voice production
  • fluency
  • feeding, eating and drinking


Brighton, Hove

How To Access

We operate an open referral system, but only accept referrals with parental consent. Children’s Speech and Language Therapy is provided through the via Integrated Child Development and Disability Service. This service is delivered by Brighton & Hove City Council Children and Families Delivery Unit via a Section 75 Provider Agreement. This means that NHS functions have been delegated and NHS staff seconded to an integrated line management structure. The host organisation is the local authority. SCT retain clinical accountability and provide CQC registration for these functions.

Contact Details

Contact us at 01273 242079 for further information or how to make a referral

The Children & Families Clinic
Ground Floor, Dyke Building
Brighton General Hospital,
Elm Grove
Tel: 01273 242079

Head of Service:
Lisa Brock, Speech and Language Therapy Manager

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

How to find us

Please contact the service for details

More information


Parent Information

Referral Forms

Careers in Speech and Language Therapy

If you would like to find out more about the profession of Speech and Language Therapy please follow the links below. Please note that we are unable to offer observations sessions.

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