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The Barnsley children's speech and language therapy team are part of
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Barnsley children’s speech and language therapy team

Your first appointment

At your first appointment the therapist will talk to you about your concerns. The therapist will ask you about your child’s early development, your pregnancy and the birth, milestones, early sounds, first words and sentences, and eating and drinking. First appointments will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

The therapist will spend some time playing or talking with your child. Tell your child that they are coming to play some games and books rather than to talk to a therapist.  They could bring a small toy or book to share with the therapist.

At the end of the appointment the therapist will give you advice about your child’s communication and tell you if they can help. They might need to talk to other people, for example the health visitor or teacher They may give you some activities to do with your child at home.