How to Help Your Baby's/ Child's Speech, Language and Communication Skills


We all know that babies develop at diffferent rates but there are some milestones to be aware of.


Click on your baby's/child's age to see what they should be doing and some ideas of how you can help them.


0-6 months

6- 12 months

1-2 years 

2-3 years

3-4 years 

4-5 years


Language screening using 'WellComm' 

In Salford we offer screening of children at 2 years, 3 years and in some areas 18 months, to make sure children are on track to develop their language skills. This may be offered by one of the Community Nursery Nurses attached to the 0-19 service (previously known as either the Health Visiting or School Nursing service); the Early Help Practitioners attached to children's centres across the city or by your childcare provider. 

We encourage parents to take up this screening if offered as it will provide you with useful advice specific to your child. 

Following screening you may be offered one of the following options if your child needs a little help developing their communication skills:

  • Activities to do at home;
  • An invitation to one of our Talking Tots groups at your local children's centre run by one of our skilled Communication Development Workers;
  • Referral into the Speech and Language Therapy service.



Starting Life Well Service

Offers advice and support to parents of young children who wish to access funded daycare or support from our team of professionals click here for more information. 































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 ( 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 –


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.