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Independent Paediatric Clinic – University of Reading

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Independent Paediatric Clinic

The clinic is a teaching and research clinic for speech and language therapy students. Students are involved in all aspects of the day to day running of the clinic, including telephone triage, assessment, providing therapy and running training workshops. Highly experienced speech and language therapists will be providing supervision as well as undertaking clinical work.

Our independent clinic is free. Children and families attending our clinic do so on the understanding that there will always be student involvement at some level.

Any parent/guardian is welcome to make a referral to the clinic. Please email us on providing a brief reason for making contact with our service, and a contact phone number. We will contact you to discuss how you would like us to help your child and if we can meet your child's needs here at the University. In line with best practice guidelines, if your child is already under the management of any other SLT provider, with your permission we will liaise with them to ensure joined up working.

Our expectation is that parents/carers will be fully involved during clinic sessions and will carry out follow-up work at home. We also welcome members of nursery and school staff to be involved in our sessions.

Our teaching clinics will run on set days during the University's term times; we will also be running additional clinics during the school summer holidays.


Parent Feedback

"Rowan's speech wasn't progressing normally, though he was obviously bright. He started becoming frustrated when people couldn't understand him, and we sought professional help. Katherine was so supportive of Rowan, but also of us as day-to-day parental speech therapists. It wasn't always easy, but Katherine's patience meant that S&LT was always a place where we could make mistakes and learn together. Rowan's language has improved dramatically, as has his confidence. He is now one of the chattiest at Show and Tell!"


"Thank you ever so much for seeing myself and my daughter and for all the useful tips, which we started to implement! Our daughter is already doing much better and is feeling more confident. She has actually started talking! Slowly but surely she started talking to us while others were around. She is now even naming objects for her key person, singing when she is supposed to sleep, and said a whole sentence last week. Often she whispers, but she is communicating much more and we are over extremely happy with her development!"

Benefits of attending our clinic

  • Our students and supervising SLTs have access to the current evidence base, other expert clinicians and researchers
  • Our students enjoy having time to create and develop activities and resources appropriate for the individual child's needs/interests
  • You are making an important contribution to training future speech and language therapists
  • We have a modern suite of clinics, incorporating observation rooms and discrete recording facilities
  • Free parking is available in designated parking bays
  • Our clinics are free

We look forward to working with you.

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