Welcome to Speak Up Salford

"all about Speech, Language and Communication"


Salford Children's Services:

Empowered to Enable

Contact us- 

  • Admin query? Call 0161 2062486.
  • Concerns about a child's Speech, Language and Communication? Click here

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Interested in joining our Speech and Language Therapy Team in Salford?

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Summer Holiday Communication Boards

We've created communication boards to support children and young people understand and express themselves during Summer Holiday activities and routines.
Aided language boards allow visual language (pictures) to be displayed alongside verbal language (speech). This consistent use of picture information alongside verbal can allow children with communication needs to use their visual strengths to support their understanding and use of language.
Please click on the image below to open and download the communication boards for free! Please get in touch using the contact details above if you have any questions. 





















Communication is central to everything we do

It affects who we are, how we develop and learn and how we make friends with people at home, at school and at work.


Communication begins even before a baby is born. Around the seventh and eighth month, a foetus’s heart rate slows down slightly whenever their mother is speaking, showing that mum's voice has a calming effect. By the time they are born, babies can actually recognize their mother's voice. Mums and dads talking to their baby will help the baby’s brain to grow and this happens all the way through childhood.


Our children and young people need families and professionals to work together to support their speech, language and communication to help them achieve their full potential.


For more information, contact us at speakup.salford@nca.nhs.uk

Do you have a child under 5 who loves reading?

Salford Speech and Language and Salford Libraries have been working together to help you to  s-t-re-t-c-h your children’s thinking when you are sharing books together .


Look in our 'What's available locally' section or just click here to find out more


Greater Manchester launch 10 Tips for talking


The Greater Manchester (GM) 10 Tips for Talking are ten key messages to support the development of language and communication skills for babies and young children and can be used by everyone. Each tip is designed to give families and anyone working with children some small suggestions that can make a big difference and help give children the best start. Each message is based on sound research
Have a look at the tips for talking

Local Initiatives

Early Years Initiatives

Our Early years team are currently working together with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, this includes a rollout of language screening of children using Wellcomm tool.

School Age Initiatives

We currently offer a range of virtual training sessions to schools for free! SENCo's will have been informed of training dates that you can book your staff on to. Please contact Fiona Taylor (fiona.taylor@nca.nhs.uk) or your Link SLT if you have any questions about this. 


 Enhanced Services initiatives

The Enhanced Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service offer bought-in input in schools. This might involve universal input, individual or group interventions. The Enhanced Team also support schools and staff to develop communication friendly environments and deliver training. For further information, please contact Fiona Taylor – fiona.taylor@nca.nhs.uk


Local Offer

The Local Offer provides information on what support and  services are available in Salford for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their parents/carers. It covers a broad range of areas from getting help and advice on short breaks, groups and activities to baby social groups and  how to find support for emotional health and well-being. 

It is set out clearly under headings and is a really helpful resource for both parents and professionals.

Click here to visit Salford's Local Offer.

I would also like to say that I am very impressed with the work Speech and Language Therapist is doing in school as well as the professional way she deals with my parents and her helpful advise to my staff. I believe credit where credit is due.

School staff

Lorna is amazing to work with and has made such an impact on our school provision, we are lucky to have her!

School SENCo

My child absolutely LOVES coming to see you, you are so good with him. We are extremely grateful for all of your care and support. He is counting down the days until we can come again.


We loved our sessions with Lucie, we found her to be positive and encouraging, we have already seen a huge improvement in his communication, using words and attempting new words to communicate with us in everyday tasks and his confidence in learning new words has shot up, he’s attempting 2 word phrases pretty well and even attempted 3 words on a couple of occasions. The difference for us is huge and we feel Lucie has set us up to keep improving now that the sessions are over.


I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you for the training you delivered for us this afternoon, it was so useful and informative. It was great to have further training that was bespoke to Early Years and built on what we had done in the whole school training. We're excited to start implementing it for our children.

Early Years Teacher

I have just attended the virtual open evening and I thought it was a really nice way to explain the role and introduce the team as opposed to reading it on a job ad. I felt very lucky to have seen many of the benefits Fiona spoke about too so thank you for providing me with the opportunity to sit in on the training sessions.

Speech and Language Therapy Student

I am new to the role and I have found all members of the team extremely helpful and have gone out of their way to support me.

School SENCo

This is great and I am so appreciative of your support. We have nothing but fantastic things to say about the Salford SALT team and the support that you have given to both of our children.