OUR STORY

Kids First is part of Words First Ltd, the largest independent provider of speech and language therapy services to mainstream schools in London. With all the cuts to the NHS service, we believed that it was important to offer services directly to parents to complement the support they may receive through the NHS. We teamed up with M&M OTs and converted a house in Croydon to create a unique multi-disciplinary service that can be accessed without any long waiting lists or complicated referral procedures. We wanted to offer parents a vital element to treatment – CHOICE! With Kids First, you are in control and you decide when, where and for how long therapy will continue for your child.

THE TEAM

  The Kids First team is made up of a group of experienced professionals.    

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THE CENTRE

The Kids First Centre is a home from home and will make you and your child feel relaxed and calm. You will walk into the lounge area where your therapist will meet you before taking you through to one of the treatment rooms.

Wherever possible, we believe that natural learning environments are important and we may (with your permission) conduct therapy in the beautiful garden outside the house. While you are waiting for your child to complete therapy, you may relax, log in to wifi or have a relaxing cup of tea or coffee before joining your therapist for the final 15 minutes to see what they have been doing!

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

Speech and Language Therapists work with children who have a range of communication difficulties Kids First Speech and Language Therapists have additional training in literacy and are able to work with children who have spoken AND written language difficulties including:

  • delayed speech
  • difficulty understanding language
  • feeding, eating and swallowing difficulties
  • stammering
  • dyslexia and literacy difficulties
  • dyspraxia
  • social communication difficulties 
  • Autism 
If you’re worried about your child’s speech, click below for a speech development chart.

THE PROCESS

At Kids First, we usually start the process by talking to you about your child’s history, when you became concerned, when he / she reached other developmental milestones and of course your goals for treatment. This is followed by an assessment at your home, at school or at the Kids First Centre. The assessment is fun and play based (depending on age) and we aim to ensure your child is relaxed, comfortable and completely at ease through the process. 

After the assessment, your therapist may chat to you about his / her findings and you will receive a comprehensive report.