Welcome to Speak Up Salford

"all about Speech, Language and Communication"


**Requests for support from professionals are now being accepted**


Calling all families/ children's workers  

Needing advice and guidance to support the language and communication for a Salford child?


  There are 3 ways to get in touch:


  • Speak directly with a Speech and Language therapist
   0161 206 2509 (12:30pm to 3:30pm Monday to Friday).


  • You can leave us a message on the above number at a time that works best for you and we will phone you back.
  • You can use our dedicated e-mail address  speakup.salford@srft.nhs.uk


COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We have lots of information on how to support children during the Coronavirus outbreak

please click here to visit the Covid - 19 Section 



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.


“The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children and young people and it underpins a child’s social, emotional development. Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs include many of the most vulnerable children, those most in need of effective support to reach their potential” (Bercow 2008).


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@srft.nhs.uk.



Spotlight on...

World DLD Day

16th October 2020



Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is the new term to replace Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Developmental Language Disorder is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. Visit RADLD for more information.


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


Tiny Happy People  


Here in the Manchester area we have been lucky to have had this fantastic resource for parents of young children for some time. Recently it was launched nationwide with an endorsment from HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.


On the site you can find lots of activities and advice to help young children develop their language and also hear about the experiences of mums and dads from across the country. Content is updated regularly.


Please visit the website and join the growing number of parents and carers who are using this fantastic resource. 


Lets get our next generation talking!!


Visit www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people


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

This is an area currently under development. There are a number of exciting developments to look forward to in the upcoming months in regards to how we work in schools.


 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@srft.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 have found working with the speech therapist very beneficial. She helps me to set achievable goals for the children by coming into the nursery and interacting with the children and getting to know them. She talks to us on a regular basis and updates us on what targets she would like the children to achieve next. She teaches us new strategies to use with the children which we find really useful, we try to incorporate this into everyday activities. Parent’s often comment on how much they appreciate the advice from our therapist. They also comment on how much progress their children have made since visiting her. We don’t know what we would do without her!

Anneka Williamson, Children’s Centre Practitioner

“It brought different activities to his usual routine which he enjoyed and encouraged him to participate”


“I have two children who are supported by the speech and language therapy service. The therapists have lots of patience with my children. Both Christipher and Marcus have come on a lot. Marcus now has lots more confidence and he talks much more in the classroom. Christipher isn’t as stressed anymore, his therapist has taught me exactly what to do. If I need any help, she is very easy to approach. Before I try new things with Christipher I can check with her first. The therapist knows him very well. She has worked wonders with him. Without her, I wouldn’t know what to do.”

Nicola, Mum of Christipher and Marcus

"My son Lewis has been attending speech and language for a few years. He has come on briliantly and is more confident. His speech is so much clearer now. He also enjoys the sessions. Jean gives me loads of ideas about how to continue helping him at home. He gets work sheets to take home which also he enjoys doing. Lewis has a short attention span and can find it difficult to concentrate for long, but Jean makes it very interesting for Lewis and different every session."

Tracy, Lewis

"I am Megan’s mum. Megan was identified as having speech and language difficulties when she was at primary school. Since this time she has been supported by the Education Inclusion Service Speech and Language team. This has made a huge difference to the development of Megan’s speech and language. Not only do they support Meg, they also support the staff at the school in delivering the programmes that Megan needs. The team are also there to answer any questions that I may have and will send us regular information on Megan’s target’s, what they are and if she has achieved them. Megan enjoys the sessions that she attends at school and they are delivered at times that try not to impact too greatly on her daily school life."

Hayley Robinson, Megan

EPs and SALT frequently work together during Multi agency meetings to Clarify individual concerns and strengths. We develop joint objectives, that are regularly reviewed And evaluated to improve outcomes for children and YP. Parents and teachers comment that this work is effective and helps to increase their Understanding and knowledge. Jointly we increase schools capacity, through conversations and training, to meet the needs of their pupils.

Joanne Snee- Educational Psychologist

“I couldn't be happier Grayson has come on so much in these 6 weeks. It has helped 100%. Thank you so much”

Parent of Grayson

“The service has been really helpful, the staff also been very kind and experienced. My child has learnt and developed some new communication skills and I also as the mom have known new ways to help my child through. Thanks”

Anonymous Parent

“I have not tried to phone as I am deaf. I felt like I was listened to with the use of a BSL interpreter. My son enjoyed coming into the room and playing with the toys.”

Anonymous Parent