Adults with a learning disability

The Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service is for people with a learning disability who may experience speech, language, communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

We provide specialist assessment and management of speech, language, communication, and/or swallowing disorders. We work within a multi-disciplinary learning disability team with other professions including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. We work closely with family and carers.

We offer training about communication and safer eating and drinking for families and carers.

Speech and language therapy referral

We offer our services on an open access basis. This means that anyone can request an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists. All referrals are then triaged by the Learning Disability Service. If the person has a learning disability and is appropriate, the referral is allocated to the speech and language therapist. If the person does not have a learning disability, the referral may be sent to another service after discussion with the referrer.

We may phone to gather more information and discuss where best to see the person and if help is needed to access the appointment. We will then either send a letter or we will telephone to book an appointment directly.

We aim to see clients at the most appropriate venue for the assessment. For example, we may observe someone eating and drinking at home to assess their swallow.


Speech and language therapy for adults with a learning disability is offered in three locations: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, York and Selby and Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Harrogate Adult Learning Disability Service (Managed by TEWV)

Alexander House
Ash Tee Road
Telephone:01423 795190
Fax:01423 795191
Reception mobile: 07810 356055 (For use during office hours if direct line unavailable)
Reception email: [email protected] 

Hambleton and Richmondshire

Community Learning Disabilities Team
Gibraltar House
Thurston Road
Telephone:01609 751874

Selby and York

Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities
Systems House
Amy Johnson Way
Clifton Moor
YO30 4XT
Telephone:01904 528300

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Eastfield Clinic,
Telephone:01723 580940

Opening hours

We work Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Outside these hours, an answerphone is available for you to leave a message. Please leave your contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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