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Talking Walk-in - Speech and Language Therapy - drop in assessments sessions 2020


Due to the Corona Virus and the need to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Homerton NHS teams, including the Speech and Language Therapy team will not be working with children/young people face to face unless the need is clinically urgent. 

For this reason we have taken the decision to cancel all upcoming Talking Walk-ins. 

The Speech and Language Therapists will continue to work off-site. If you have concerns about a child’s speech and language development then you can still currently refer by completing our referral form and a therapist can make contact with the family over the telephone. 

All nurseries and playgroups will still be able to access their link therapist by telephone or email if they would like to discuss specific children.

Who we are...

Talking Walk-in are Speech and Language Therapy assessment sessions for children under 5 who have difficulties talking, communicating, drinking or swallowing. Therapists can refer on or advise about next steps.

What we do...

If your child is under 5, and having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking or swallowing, the Speech and Language Therapy service may be able to help.

The Speech and Language Therapy service run drop–in assessment sessions called Talking Walk-ins which are run from Children's Centres all over the borough.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development you can just turn up at one of the sessions.

A speech and language therapist will see you and your child play in a group setting, assess their communication skills and will advise you on what any next steps should be regarding additional support.  

If you want to attend a group you can just turn up at one of the sessions.

Venue: John Scott Health Centre 

Time: 9:30 - 11am - 1st Monday of Month,

Dates: 6th Jan, 3rd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April 

Venue: Stamford Hill Community Centre

Time: 1:30 - 3pm , 3rd Tuesday of month

Dates: 21st Jan, 18th Feb, 17th March, 21st April

Venue: Linden Children's Centre

Time: 9:30am - 11am, 3rd Wednesday of month

Dates: 15th Jan, 19th Feb, 18th March, 15th April

Venue: Daubeney Children's Centre

Time: 9:30am - 11am - 1st Wednesday of month,

Dates: 8th Jan, 5th Feb, 4th March, 1st April

Venue: Sebright Children's Centre

Time: 1:30pm - 3pm, Last Friday of month

Dates: 31st Jan, 28th Feb, 27th March, 24th April

Venue: Ann Tayler Children's Centre

Time: 9:30am - 11am, 2nd Monday of month

Dates: 13th Jan, 10th Feb, 9th March, 6th April

Venue: Lubavitch Children's Centre 

Not a drop-in service. Please phone and book: 0208 809 9050

Dates for Talking Walk-in session are also kept up to date on the Speech and Language Therapy Service's own website: Get Hackney Talking - Walk-in session dates 2020

Alternatively a flyer is available in the download section of this page. 

Record Last Updated on: 05/02/2020

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Referral required?


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These sessions are for children who may have speech and language support needs who are:

  • Under 5 years old
  • Live in Hackney or the City
  • Do NOT already attend full time school

Just drop-in to all sessions except sessions at Lubavitch Children's Centre which are booked in advance. To book at Lubavitch call 020 8809 9050

It is possible to complete a referral form, in which case you will be sent a specific date and time and will be followed up if you do not attend. 

For children attending full-time school who are over the age of 5 contact the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who's role is to help you access support from the speech and language therapists, and other services, in school. GP's in Hackney can also refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service:

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


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