Staff
& Professionals

Useful Links

 
ACE Centre (North)
Information on assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication

Visit: www.ace-north.org.uk


AFASIC
UK charity established to help children and young people affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication impairments.  It offers a range of services, including a helpline, publications and support groups.

Tel helpline: 08453 55 55 77
Visit: www.afasic.org

 


 

AUTISTIC SOCIETY GREATER MANCHESTER AREA
Provides support for parents and carers and promotes the welfare of children, teenagers and adults with autistic spectrum disorder.
Their Aspirations Project helps people aged 10 + with higher functioning autism and Aspergers Syndrome access social and leisure opportunities.

Tel; 0161 866 8483          
The Aspirations Project   0161 866 8485
Email: information@asgma.org.uk
Visit: www.asgma.org.uk

 

ASSOCIATION FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS IN INDEPENDENT PRACTICE (ASLTIP)
Provides information on independent Speech and Language therapists throughout the UK

Visit: www.helpwithtalking.com

 

BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
Promotes a dyslexia friendly society and has information for parents and professionals

Visit: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
Tel: 0845 251 9002

 


BRITISH INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN DAMAGED CHILDREN (BIBIC)
A national charity offering practical help to families caring for children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, traumatic and acquired brain injury and specific learning difficulties such as attention deficits hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Tel 01278 684060
Visit: www.bibic.org.uk

 


BRITISH STAMMERING ASSOCIATION (BSA)
Provides information and support on stammering to children, adults and their families and professionals who assist them.

Helpline: 0845 603 2001
Visit: www.stammering.org

 

 

CHILD BRAIN INJURY TRUST
Provides support and information for families, children and young people across the UK who have suffered from head injury.

Email: helpline@cbituk.org
Visit: www.childbraininjurytrust.org

 

 

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE ASSOCIATION (CLAPA)
This association provides support for new parents, and provides information for people with the condition and their families from infancy through to adulthood

Tel: 020 7833 4883
Email: info@clapa.com
Visit: www.clapa.com



CONTACT A FAMILY
UK based charity providing advice, information and support to families who care for children with any disability or special educational need.
The website contains an extensive glossary outlining specific conditions and rare disorders

Helpline: 0808 808 355
Visit: www.cafamily.org.uk


DOWN’S SYNDROME ASSOCAITION
Aims to provide information and support for people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers, and the professionals who work with them. Also champions the rights of people with Down’s syndrome

Tel Helpline: 0845 230 0372
Visit: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk


DOWN’S SYNDROME EDUCATIONAL TRUST
Focuses on the educational development of individuals with Down’s syndrome

Tel 023 9285 5330
Visit: www.downsed.org


THE DYSPRAXIA FOUNDATION
Aims to support individuals and families affected by dyspraxia and to help professionals in health and education to assist those with dyspraxia.

Helpline 01462 454 986
Visit: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk


THE EAR FOUNDATION
A UK charity that supports and provides activities, courses and resources for deaf children, young people and adults with cochlear implants, their families and supporting professionals.

Visit: www.earfoundation.org.uk


ELKLAN
Provides accredited training courses for people who work with children with speech, language and communication needs in early years settings, primary school and High school. Specially trained Speech and Language Therapists, as Specialist Teacher and an Educational Psychologist deliver these courses in Salford.

Tel: 01208 841 450
Visit: www.elklan.co.uk


THE HANEN CENTRE
Provides information on family focused early language intervention programmes and learning resources for parents and professionals.  

Visit: www.hanen.org


HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL
The body that all speech and language therapists have to register with in order to be able to practise.

Tel 020 7582 0866
Visit: www.hpc-uk.org


I CAN
This charity works across the UK to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard: children with a communication disability.

Tel: 0845 225 4073
Visit: www.ican.org.uk


MAKATON
Makaton uses signs and symbols to teach communication, language and literacy skills to people with communication and learning difficulties

Tel: 01276 606 760
Family advisory service: 01276 606 778
Visit: www.makaton.org

 


THE MICHAEL PALIN CENTRE FOR STAMMERING CHILDREN
Offers assessment and therapy for children and adults who stammer.

Tel: 020 7530 4238
Email: info@stammeringcentre.org
Visit: www.stammeringcentre.org


MENCAP
Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning difficulty and their families and carers.

Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 808 1111
Visit: www.mencap.org.uk

 


NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY
Champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and aims to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access and rely on and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

Helpline: 0845 070 4004
Visit: www.autism.org


THE NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN’S SOCIEY (NDCS)
Support families with deaf children/young adults.  They will give you regional and local contacts including parent groups.

Info and helpline: 0808 800 8880
Email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk
Visit: www.ndcs.org.uk


PORTAGE
A home-visiting education service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

Visit: www.portage.org.uk

 

RELAX KIDS
Relax Kids is the UK's leading expert in children's relaxation. Offering a range of quality resources to help children manage their stress, anxiety, and anger while promoting confidence, self-esteem and peaceful sleep.

Visit: http://www.relaxkids.com/

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS
The professional organisation for speech and language therapists that provides information to students, parents and professionals, seeking information on Speech and Language Therapy.

Tel: 020 7378 1200
Visit: www.rcslt.org

 

SHINE

specialist advice and support for spina bifida and Hydrocephalus accross England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Visit www.shinecharity.org.uk 
 
SURE START
Sure Start is the Government programme to ensure all children under 5 get the best start in life.  It brings together early education, childcare, health and family support.
To find out what is happening in Salford go to  http://www.salford.gov.uk/surestart
 
SCOPE
The disability organisation whose focus is people with cerebral palsy.  They provide leaflets for parents as well as factsheets on therapies.

Tel: 0808 800 3333
Visit: www.scope.org.uk
SCOPE Response helpline: response@scope.org.uk
 
SIGNALONG
This is a sign-supporting system based on British Sign Language designed to help children and adults with communication difficulties

Tel: 0845 450 8422
Visit: www.signalong.org.uk
 
SELECTIVE MUTISM INFORMATION AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (SMIRA)

Tel: 0116 212 7411
Email: info@selectivemutism.co.uk
Visit: www.selectivemutism.co.uk


STARTING LIFE WELL IN SALFORD
Training calender for Early Years Pracitioners and Other Useful Information for Providers, Parents and Practitioners.
Visit: http://www.0-19insalford.info/

 TALKING POINT
This site has 2 parts:- Parent Point which has vital information on how to support your child’s communication and Professional Point which gives professionals information on speech, language and communication difficulties and how to assist children.

Helpline: 0845 225 4073
Visit: www.talkingpoint.org.uk
 
TALK TO YOUR BABY
Practical tips and information, to encourage parents/carers to talk to their babies and young children.

Visit: www.talktoyourbaby.org.uk

 

London Sig Bilingualism
Information which could be useful for professionals working with bilingual children. 
Visit: www.londonsigbilingualism.co.uk/

  

Local Initiatives

Early Years Initiatives

Our Early years team are currently working together with the Assosciation of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) to work to ensure the children in Salford have the best chance to be "school ready"

This includes a rollout of language screening of children at 18 months, 2 years and 3 years  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 input across a range of Specialist and Mainstream Education settings in Salford and the surrounding area. We tailor a bespoke service for every setting based on specific requirements. This might involve universal input to all Nursery and Reception children, 1:1 and/or group interventions for children and young people in Key Stages 1-4 along with supporting schools to develop communication friendly environments and delivering bespoke training. We also work with other professionals and parents to support the development of communication skills in children. The SALT Enhanced Service is available in addition to the Core NHS Service at a cost. We work closely with schools to identify needs for that setting and measure outcomes of the interventions in place. For further information, please contact Fiona Taylor – fiona.taylor@srft.nhs.uk

 

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”

Parent

“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