Speech and Language

Reading SEND Local Offer

If you would like any advice or wish to speak to a speech and language therapist, please send an email to the email address below. Please include the child’s name and date of birth and they will get back to you as soon as they can:

Wokingham/Bracknell – CYPIT.ADMINBRWOK@berkshire.nhs.uk

Reading – CYPIT.ADMINREADING@berkshire.nhs.uk

West Berkshire (Newbury) – CYPIT.ADMINNEWBURY@berkshire.nhs.uk

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHS)~ CYPIT ~ Speech & Language Therapy

Page reviewed September 2022

Speech Language and Communication

Good communication skills are key to children’s learning and their future success in nursery and school. 

Children’s Centres, early year’s settings and the health visitor team in Reading work closely with speech and language therapists to support children’s communication development.  Children’s centres run a fun programme of activities/events that will help your child’s communication skills. Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) - Children's Centres

Children & Young Peoples Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) ~ Speech & Language Therapy

NHS Speech and language therapy is offered as part of the Children & Young Peoples Integrated Therapy (CYPIT) service for Berkshire. Speech and language therapists may offer support and offer advice about a child or young person’s:

  • Ability to understand and follow language that they hear at home or in the classroom
  • Ability to use words and sentences to communicate with others
  • Ability to play and interact with other children, young people and adults
  • Ability to listen and concentrate
  • Ability to talk clearly and use the correct sounds in words
  • Stammering
  • Eating and drinking difficulties

To find further information and tips on supporting a child/young person’s skills, or if you would like to discuss or make a referral please visit the Berkshire Healthcare NHS website.  For all new referrals please contact our Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) HealthHub https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/children-and-young-peoples-integrated-therapies/about-our-therapy-services/

Alternatively you can telephone: 0300 365 4000 or visit website, online referral form available. 


CYPIT ~ Parent Carer Information Videos

The Berkshire CYPIT team have produced some ‘talking head style’ videos about play and language development that parents may find useful. 

Berkshire Health Care CYPF ~ Speech & Language Articles

Speech, Language & Communication - useful websites:

Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN) if you are concerned about a child’s talking, listening and understanding? Are you looking for more information about speech, language and communication? Visit their website to find out more Speech and Language UK or for information and support visit Speech and Language UK - Information & Support 

The British Stammering Association: Impartial information and support on stammering, also known as stuttering https://stamma.org/

AFASIC England is working to support children and their parents, enabling them to overcome their speech and language difficulties. Being able to speak and communicate with other people is an essential life skill. For most children and young people learning to communicate comes easily. For some children and young people, however, it is a major challenge as they have a speech and language impairment. 

Makaton symbols and signs are used by many children and adults as their main method of communication or to support speech. Visit website for more information.

Stories with Symbols a charity to provide story time with symbols created by a Speech & Language Specialist and a parent.

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Page last reviewed: 24/10/2022

Contact the Team

Family Information Service

fis@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

SEND Local Offer

localoffer@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

Adult & Carers Support

CSAAdvice.Signposting@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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