Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) is concerned with the assessment and treatment of speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them better communicate. Speech and Language Therapists also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems.
We work as a tertiary service and we see a variety of children who present with communication or swallowing difficulties associated with a medical condition.
Call this line if you have a query about your child’s stay in the hospital such as date of admission.
Tel: (01) 4096 198
Tel: (01) 878 4293
Tel: (01) 4142931
We see inpatients and outpatients and we work as part of multidisciplinary teams within a wide variety of specialty services in the hospital, such as:
Cleft lip and palate
Paediatric liaison service
Ear, Nose and Throat
We also provide specialist services in feeding such as videofluoroscopy, and specialist speech assessments such as nasendoscopy, speech videofluoroscopy and second opinion services for velopharyngeal incompetence.
The Speech & Language Therapy Referral Management outlines how referrals are generated to the SLT Departments in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) and how the SLT Department manages these referrals.
For most referrals, the child must be referred by a CHI Consultant or a member of their team within CHI (with the agreement of the Consultant). The child must be an in-patient of CHI, or regularly attend CHI as an out-patient under the care of a CHI Consultant. The only exceptions are Videofluoroscopy and Second Opinion Assessments of Speech and Resonance.
The CHI SLT prioritisation document provides clear information on how to refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Department and about how referrals are managed by the Speech and Language Therapy Department. We are endeavouring to prioritise children with the highest needs and our prioritisation criteria can be viewed here;
The information provided on this site is updated regularly. If you have any urgent queries or concerns, please contact the SLT department on the contact information provided at the top of this page and leave a message stating who you are calling about and the reasons for your call. We will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.
Please see the document below for useful resources and links that will help guide you on how to best support your child. Please do not hesitate to contact the team on the above number if you have any questions.
Referrals for videofluoroscopy can be made by any Paediatric Consultant nationally and should be addressed to the Radiology Department, Children’s Health Ireland at Temple St or Crumlin , who process referrals and manage the waiting list and appointments. Speech and Language Therapists who have confirmed that a child on their caseload is on the videofluoroscopy waitlist should complete the Videofluoroscopy Information and Preparation Form below and send it into the Speech and Language Therapy Department before the child’s appointment date. Any Speech and Language Therapist involved in a child’s dysphagia care is welcome to attend that child’s videofluoroscopy appointment along with the child and parent.