Complex Speech and Language Difficulties Clinic (DASLD) 

Who do we see?

Children referred to this service will have a significant speech and /or language problem in addition to their deafness and have local specialist (speech and language, educational and deafness) service input. We are a national tertiary assessment service: no treatment will be offered here. 

What we need to know

  • Medical information from a doctor detailing any underlying medical conditions or past history and current hearing status. This includes a recent audiogram, and information on hearing aid provision and settings.
  • A recent speech and language therapy report with details of assessment and current therapy. We require details of the child’s speech, the results of formal and informal recognised tests of expressive and receptive language skills and the child’s response to current therapy. Contact details of the current speech and language therapist/s are also essential.
  • Details of school/nursery recommended by local educational services, including copy of Educational Statement, plus contact details of school and teacher of the deaf

What do we do?

We provide a multi-disciplinary assessment of a child’s hearing and speech and language

What happens next?

We provide a comprehensive report with recommendations for future speech and language therapy or communication strategies

Who are we?

  • Mrs Julie Hare
  • Dr Deirdre Lucas

Referrals accepted from:

  • Audiovestibular physicians
  • Consultant paediatricians
  • ENT surgeons
  • Specialist speech and language therapists

Clinic frequency

Twice a month. Assessments are undertaken by the consultant speech and language therapist and consultant in audiovestibular medicine. Clinics and assessments may be joint or separately timed.