Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists (SALTs) 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.

Since its formation, CDSSG has offered members financial support for speech and language therapy.
All members accessing SALT may submit their invoice to the Treasurer for a 75% contribution of the full amount to a monthly limit of £100. There is no restriction on the number of years a member partakes of SALT and no age restriction.
We are delighted to offer a 100% contribution to any member commencing with a speech therapist for a period of 6 months and up to £100 per calendar month. (Thereafter, CDSSG will contribute 75%, up to £100 per month). We will also fund the initial assessment in full. Please note: payments are made to the parent/carer and not
therapist.
The Treasurer will mostly arrange reimbursement within 10 days of receiving the invoice. We are currently researching additional providers and will share this information with you.

If you are a member of CDSSG and are interested in applying for funding, please email: chichesterdownsyndrome@gmail.com

Quotes from parent who have used private SALT:

We also use Talk Tools which isn’t
available on the NHS SALT, it helps with
the desensitisation of Francesca’s mouth
to help with her teeth grinding and
tongue chewing. She also has an under
bite so the work they are doing might be
enough to avoid surgery when she’s
older. I feel like our SALT has massively
supported Francesca’s teachers and one
to one support in school hugely, setting
appropriate targets to build into her day,
rather than take her out of the classroom
all the time’.


‘Louisa is now a young adult. She started
SALT, supported by CDSSG, at the age of
14; past the age when progress is expected
but over 9 years showed consistent
improvement to the point where now she
can join a conversation and make her
needs known’