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ELKLAN 10 week training 


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ELKLAN 10 week training for staff working with 0 - 3 Years, Under 5’s and School age children. These courses have been devised by two Speech and Language Therapists, Henrietta McLaughlin and Liz Elks and bear the trade mark “Elklan” Training.

We offer this  high quality, accredited training courses for people working with children in early years settings, primary schools and high schools. The courses involve 10 weekly, 2 ½ hour teaching sessions with practical activities to carry out with  the  children where they work.  People taking part in a course will be asked to complete a portfolio, for which they’ll receive a qualification accredited through the Open College Learning Network.

People attending these courses have found them very helpful and feel they’ve gained the knowledge and confidence they need  to support the children they work with who have speech, language and communication needs. 



Don’t take our word for it

“I feel the course has developed my own good teaching practice in the classroom – the knowledge of language development and difficulties that may occur allows me to adapt language used and presentation of lessons accordingly for all children, not just those with specific programmes.”
Teacher/SENCo, Classroom course.

“I feel confident that I can now differentiate activities to make it easier or harder for individual children. With my new found confidence, I feel I’ll be able to work more effectively with them and help them develop the skills they need to learn effectively.”
TA, Classroom course.

“I can offer children earlier support than I could previously and also cut down on waiting periods between initial identification of speech and language concerns and referral to the Speech and Language Department.”
Teacher, Under 5’s course.

“It’s made me more aware of the complexities of communication, speech and language - in terms of teaching and working with young people with learning, behaviour and emotional difficulties.”
Teacher, 11 -16’s course.

Fiona Taylor is our Speech and Language Therapist who coordinates this training.

For further information contact her on 0161 206 2473. The courses we offer are:

  • Speech and Language Support for 0 - 3's 
  • Speech and Language Support for Under 5’s
  • Speech and Language Support for 5 - 11's
  • Speech and Language Support for 11 –16’s
  • Communication friendly Schools


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 –


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