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Phonology Project

What is the Phonology Project?

The Phonology Project is for children in Year 1 and above who are having difficulties with speech sounds.

Children referred to this Speech and Language Therapy pathway must be able to copy speech sounds in isolation and combine them with a vowel sound.

Children are seen in school by a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant who will be working under the guidance of a Speech and Language Therapist.

When will my child be seen?

Unfortunately, the waiting time for face to face appointments can be long.

While your child is waiting to be seen you can contact our department for telephone advice on how to help your child at home.

When your child reaches the top of the waiting list we will send you a letter with the dates and time your child will be seen in school.

What will happen at my child’s appointment?

Your child will be offered up to 6 appointments. These are typically offered 2 times a week for 3 weeks, with each session lasting around 30 minutes.

You will be asked to attend at least 1 appointment with your child, and school staff are also invited. The speech and language therapy assistant will show you activities that you can do at home to help your child with their speech sounds.

Please note if your child has made progress with their sounds by the time therapy starts, therapy sessions may be cancelled. If this happens we will contact you. We will arrange a review assessment in school by a speech and language therapist to help decide what will happen next.

What will happen after the first therapy block?

Your child will be reviewed around 12 weeks after the first therapy block has finished. A speech and language therapist will see your child in school and decide the next steps:

  • If your child requires another block of therapy they will be placed back on the waiting list
  • If your child is making good progress with their speech sounds they may be discharged
  • If your child has any other communication difficulties that require support they may be seen in school by a speech and language therapist

Contact us

For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Flockton House on 0114 226 2333.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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