Talking Walk-in Speech and Language Therapy Assessments Sessions 2023-2024

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What is a Talking Walk-in?

A Talking Walk-in is an initial assessment session run by the speech and language therapy service.

These assessment sessions are run from Children's Centres all over the borough.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development you can call the SaLT team on 020 7683 4262 and book into one of these sessions.

It is an informal play based session for children who are under 5 years old.

It is the way that most families in Hackney first access speech and language therapy.

What happens during the sessions? 

These are stay-and-play style sessions where your child can play and interact with others in a relaxed environment.

A Speech and Language Therapist will talk to you individually about your concerns and observe your child.

You will be given some advice and, if appropriate, you will make a plan together about the most appropriate next steps. This may include further assessment of your child or booking in for some therapy sessions.

Venues in Hackney where Talking Walk-in sessions are held 

  • John Scott Health Centre 
  • Stamford Hill Community Centre
  • Linden Children's Centre
  • Daubeney Children's Centre
  • Sebright Children's Centre
  • Ann Tayler Children's Centre
  • Lubavitch Children's Centre  (No drop-in service please book by phone 0208 809 9050)

Up to date information about venues and dates can be found here on the Speech and Language Therapy service website Get Hackney Talking

SEND Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years and Pregnancy 0-4
SEN Provision Type
  • Targeted
  • Specialist

Who to contact

020 7683 4587 020 7683 4587
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Where to go

Various locations - see date & time

Time / Date Details

Time of day
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
Session Information
Monthly sessions

Other details

Who is eligible?

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
Referral Details

Parents of children under 5 can complete an online referral form and will be sent a specific date and time to attend an assessment. If you do not attend we will follow up with you to see if you are still interested and your child needs an assessment.

GP's in Hackney can also refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. 

Refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Parents can also make phone referrals. You may need to leave your name and contact details on the service voice mail, but someone will get back to you.

You can also refer by email giving us your child’s details and the best way to contact you.

What if my child is over 5 but I think then need support from the service? 

For children attending full-time school who are over the age of 5 contact the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Their role is to help you access support from the speech and language therapists, and other services, in school.


  • Free

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