The Early Years Speech & Language Therapy service

Whittington Health - Islington Additional Needs and Disability Service (IANDS)
Our service supports babies, children and young people with additional needs and disabilities to reach their full potential. This can mean being active in their community and engaging in meaningful occupations such as play, developing friendships, developing independence skills and enjoying school and leisure activities. 

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The Health Centre team offers assessment and therapy to children, up to the end of nursery, who have speech, language and communication needs.
Brightstart offers a universal service for all children under 5 years, their families and practitioners to support children's speech, language and communication development. This is through communication focussed sessions or groups for parents and children as well as training for practitioners. 

  • Please find Bright Start's Speech & Language Therapy training programme for Spring 2020  HERE
  • To download leaflets or for more information about current Children's Centre Speech & Language Therapy Activities, please click on the link: Bright Start Speech and language therapy

Here are some key messages to share with families:
Tell your child what is happening
Add gestures and visuals
Listen and repeat
Keep it short

Parents are the best toy
Learn through having fun
Always get down to their level
Your child leads the play 

The Early Years Development Team (EYDT)

The Early Years Development Team (EYDT) provides an integrated approach to the assessment, treatment, management and transition of babies and young children with physical disabilities, neurological disorders or developmental delay.  The team focuses on working with children who are under 5 alongside their families.
 The EYDT provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Dietetic assessment and intervention.

Useful links

Public Health England - Early Language Development, a report on the needs, provision, and intervention for preschool children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

I CAN is a UK organisation that offers advice and support to anyone affected with a speech, language or communication problem.  Visit their website or call 0845 225 4073 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

Afasic is another UK support group that supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Visit their website or call their helpline on 0300 666 9410 (Monday and Tuesday from 9.15am -2.30pm and Wednesday to Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm).

Communication Matters is a UK organisation aiming to increase knowledge, understanding and awareness of complex communication needs. Visit their website or call their helpline on 0845 456 8211.

NHS Choices has a range of resources including videos to support talking with your baby, information about how dummies can affect speech, and talking milestones. 

Makaton is a language programme that gives everyone a helping hand to talk 


Islington contacts

Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Evelyn Tyler     

Tel 020 3316 1897