Useful links 

Below you will find a list of websites that may give you some helpful information.


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

THE COMMUNICATION TRUST

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together we support everyone who supports children and young people in England with their speech, language and communication.

Tel: 0207 843 2526
E-mail: enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk


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

 

LONDON SIG BILINGUALISM
Information which could be useful for professionals working with bilingual children. 
Visit: www.londonsigbilingualism.co.uk/

LUCID

The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a five year research collaboration working with partners from across the world to transform our understanding of how children learn to communicate with language.There are sections on the website for Parents/ Carers and Young People.

VIsit: http://www.lucid.ac.uk/

E-mail: helen.allwood@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 7342

 


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

 

THE NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. They offer evidence-based resources, research, training, programmes and membership to make your literacy provision highly effective.

Visit: https://literacytrust.org.uk/

Email: contact@literacytrust.org.uk 

Telephone: 020 7587 1842


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