Good communication is the gateway to learning, friendships, academic achievement and success at work

The Local Offer

DfE

The members of the Communication Trust are able to offer the following services to all families in England. Some services are provided free, while others have a fee. Those with a fee are suitable for families with personal budgets,
or can be purchased by schools, the local authority and/or the local NHS clinical commissioning group.


This is a brief summary of each service. Please click on each one for more information.

 

1Voice - Communicating Together

is a national network of families who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication services. We hold local groups in many areas and a national event each year.

ACE Centre

support children and adults with the most complex communication difficulties, focussing on the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which includes a range of low and high tech resources and strategies to support or replace spoken communication.  Families can access our free advice and information service by ringing 0800 080 3115 or emailing enquiries@acecentre.org.uk.

Action for Children

runs Children's Centres which provide support with early language development. Our stay and play sessions focus on speech and language development and a range of accredited parent/carer and child courses have specific, language related learning outcomes.

Our short break services are passionate about ensuring children can communicate their views and wishes. Our staff are skilled in a range of augmented and assisted communication methods and are always willing to learn the unique ways children communicate. All our short break services use the child's existing communication support plan or create one to ensure every child has a "voice". Click here for a map to find these services.

Action for Stammering Children including The Michael Palin Centre

commission specialist services that transform the lives of children who stammer. The Michael Palin Centre runs the UK's largest specialist service dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children who stammer. We also support the Stammering Support Centre in Leeds, helping children in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Afasic

represents children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supports their parents and carers.If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information, including downloadable factsheets and access to our local networks, go to our website or ring our Helpline on 0300 666 9410. 

Ambitious about Autism

provide specialist education and support to children and adults with autism. We also run an online community for parents, carers, family members, and people on the autism spectrum. 

ARCOS

work to improve life for children and adults who have complex communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Based in the West Midlands, we have a Resource, Training and Therapy Centre and operate a nationwide outreach service.

Artburst

is a London based social enterprise running workshops which integrate drama, art, music and movement, and our programmes are aimed at improving oracy and literacy skills, developing confidence and encouraging a passion for children's literature. 

Auditory Verbal UK (AVUK)

is a national charity that helps babies and pre-school children with hearing impairment to develop their full potential to listen and talk through our successful Auditory Verbal Therapy coaching programme, available at centres for families and professionals across the UK.

Barnardo's

is a large national children's charity providing a wide range of services for all children including those with communication needs. In addition to general information you can find services near your locality by entering your post code here.   

BATOD (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf)

is the professional body for teachers of the deaf. We are not aimed at parents, but most of those who teach deaf children will be members of our organisation. 

Better Communication CIC

support professionals in the implementation of change in the commissioning and provision of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. We are also developing support for parents who are navigating these services for their children. 

British Stammering Association

have a comprehensive website and both a general helpline and a specific education helpline for children and young people in education: 01606 77374 or via email at education@stammering.org

CandLE (Communication and Learning Enterprises)

is focused mostly in the North West and London. We provide assessment and training services for children who will benefit from using Alternative and Augmentative Communication services. 

CENMAC

is a London support service offering assessments, reviews and loan of equipment to help pupils with a disability access the curriculum using assistive technology. Anyone, including parents, can refer to us - but we operate only within the London boroughs.

Chailey Heritage Foundation

educates and cares for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs and communication needs. We are skilled in using additional or augmentative communication methods, from sensory cues for deaf-blind children, through low-tech picture, object or symbol systems, right through to high-tech VOCAs using switch, touch or eye gaze access. Our charity in Sussex encompasses a special school, a residential centre and our Futures Life Skills Centre, a state-of-the-art leisure and life-skills facility which is also open to people with disabilities in the wider community. We offer flexible residential packages from short breaks right through to 52 week care.

The Children's Society

is a large national children's charity providing a wide range of services for all children including those with communication needs. In addition to the map of services accessed from our home page, information about specific services for disabled children can be found here.  

The Children's Trust

work with children and young people with brain injury from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Surrey and in communities around England. We also run a website, http://www.braininjuryhub.co.uk/, providing information and support to parents and other family members of children with brain injury. 

CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association)

helps those with, and affected by, cleft lip and palate. We have a strong network of parents groups across England, and 50 parents who are willing to be contacted directly to talk to anyone who needs support. We also supply feeding equipment and on line publications as well as a comprehensive website. Finally we host www.clapaedge.com for young people.

Commtap CIC

provide online resources for all those who work with children with speech, language and communication needs. The resources are free to download and although intended primarily for professionals can be accessed by parents.

Communication Matters

is a charity which offers information on Alternative and Augmentative Communication services. Their website holds lots of practical information useful to families and they can signpost families to the right service.

The Communication Trust

supports not-for-profits and professionals who work with children who have speech, language and communication needs. The Trust and its members provide many resources that parents may find helpful for supporting their children's communication, which can be found here.

Contact a Family

support families with disabled children across the UK wherever they are. Some of our services include a free helpline 0808 808 3555, an online forum: http://www.makingcontact.org/ and an online medical directory.

Cued Speech Association UK

Cued Speech uses eight hand-shapes near the mouth to clarify the lip patterns of normal speech. With the vocabulary and structure of spoken language made visible, deaf children can quickly acquire an understanding of spoken language. Cued speech can be learned online via Skype.

DialogueLab

provide training programmes, particularly for teachers, promoting open-minded two-way communication.

The Elizabeth Foundation

provides nursery and preschool services to deaf babies and children, from the point of diagnosis until school age, supporting each child to reach their potential. We help deaf children learn to listen and talk, as well as giving them the chance to make friends with other deaf children their age. We also provide education and support services to parents, including a remote support service for those who aren't able to travel to our Family Centre in Portsmouth.

Elklan

provides accredited training for practitioners and parents working with children who have speech, language and communication needs. Our courses contain effective, practical and evidence based strategies. Experienced speech and language therapists write and deliver these courses through our network of licensed tutors who can provide training in most parts of England. E-learning and intensive courses are also available. We also have a range of practical resources to support staff and parents to maximise their children's communication potential both at home and at school.

The Ewing Foundation

support a range of professionals working with deaf learners by providing provide advice, training and support in the use of personal and environmental aids; we assist with drafting policy documents, developing classroom strategies and administering assessments, and act as tutors and mentors to professionals in training.

English Speaking Board

is a national awarding organisation offering qualifications focused on communication skills at school, in college and throughout life. We also run courses and workshops that promote effective speaking and listening. 

Find A Voice

help and support people of all ages with speech, language and communication difficulties. We operate mainly in the Kent area and run a mobile resource library of augmentative and alternative communication aids. 

I CAN

provide effective, practical evidence-based solutions that change the lives of children and young people with communication difficulties and support all children's communication development. Our specialist schools and multidisciplinary speech and language assessment services are available to all children between the ages of 4-19. We host the Talking Point website providing comprehensive information on children's communication. The I CAN Help Enquiry Service provides a free phone call from one of our speech and language therapists. Our programmes and resources can be used to support children with SLCN at home and at school.

KIDS

provides services for disabled children, young people and their families aged 0-25 years irrespective of their impairment or condition. This includes many children who have a variety of speech, language and communication needs. We do this by providing access to play, leisure, learning and training opportunities, whilst also offering practical advice and support to their families. These services are available across large parts of England. You can use the post code search on our website to find our services near you. 

Language for Learning

is primarily a professional training and support organisation. However we do provide direct services to families in Worcestershire. 

The Learning Partnership

support the developmental journey of human beings from birth onwards. On our website you will find guides to good parenting practice in early years, links to online video learning for family based learning, and school programmes that support joined up thinking between family and school. 

London Bubble

brings people together to create, participate in and enjoy theatre. One of our projects is Speech Bubbles, which has made major and measurable improvements in children's speech language and communication. Speech Bubbles is available to primary schools in the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Enfield, and in Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester. 

The Makaton Charity

Makaton uses signs and symbols with speech to help people communicate. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away.  Makaton training is available in many local areas and in others it can be purchased directly by parents.

Mencap

run a large number of services for children and adults with learning difficulties across England. Local Mencap groups run further services for children, click here.  

MERU - from disabilities to possibilities

design and manufacture bespoke disability equipment for children and young people with disabilities. We also have a small free Equipment Loan Scheme.

NAPLIC

is the National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children. We are not aimed at parents, but many of those who help children with Speech, Language & Communication needs will be members of our organisation. 

The National Autistic Society

provide information, support and pioneering services for children and adults with autism. Our website has comprehensive information about autism, with specific sections for parents, carers, young people as well as the ability to search for our services in your locality. We also run a free helpline: 0808 800 4104. 

National Deaf Children's Society

provide a very wide range of resources, including on line information, Freephone helpline 0808 800 8880, a parents forum and a team of family officers across England. We also run a website for deaf children and young people:  http://www.ndcsbuzz.org.uk/.

National Literacy Trust

work to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We do this through a number of local projects for example our Literacy hubs in Middlesbrough Bradford & Peterborough. We also have a website of resources for parents and families: http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/.

Paget Gorman Society

Paget Gorman Signed Speech is an unaided augmentative sign system that supports language and communication. It is flexible enough to be adapted to all levels of language ability The full manual on how to learn the system is available on our website.

Place2Be

provide integrated school based mental health service in 230 primary and secondary schools as well as training services to many other schools, organisations and individuals. You can find schools where we work near your locality here

Puzzle Centre

promote and deliver early intervention for very young children with autism or similar communication difficulties. Our team of specialist teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist and clinical psychologist can offer you and your child a flexible package of support or a one-off assessment.

Scope

run a large number of services for disabled children and adults across England. Our main information resources for children with communication difficulties can be found here.

We also have a free helpline, 0808 800 3333 or helpline@scope.org.uk.

SEBDA

is a professional body which campaigns for better services for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. We are not aimed at parents, but you are welcome to browse the resources on our website.

SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association)

is a charity which offers information and advice to families with selectively mute children. Their website has comprehensive information about selective mutism and their Facebook page has over 4,000 members, which families can join and benefit from mutual support.

Sense

run specialist services for deafblind children and adults in most parts of England. You can see more about our children's services here. We also run local branches which provide mutual support for families. Details are here.

Signalong

focus on developing communication skills rather than teaching blocks of signs. Training stresses aspects of total communication, such as facial expression, body language and voice tone, plus simplification of language and keyword selection. We provide accredited training and bespoke manuals for settings.

Springboard for Children

improve the literacy of children with learning difficulties in primary and secondary schools through one-to-one work. We currently work in London and Manchester but wish to expand our work into other areas. Parent / carer early literacy activity packs also available.

St Catherine's

support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and their families. Our residential centre on the Isle of Wight encompasses a specialist school and sixth form centre, excellent residential and care facilities and The Work Station, a comprehensive vocational training project. Places at St Catherine's can be funded by a local authority or privately.

Symbol UK

provide a range of services for families which include; speech and language therapy assessments and interventions including specialist speech and language therapy for children and young people with Down's Syndrome. We also host the website for parents: http://www.bettercommunicationforparents.org/.

Talking Mats

is a tool which enables children to express their views and keep them at the centre of service planning. We have Talking Mat resources that are aimed at seeking the views of children and young people in both a physical or digital format. We deliver training in Talking Mats primarily aimed at staff working with a range of communication disability which can be accessed either face to face or online. Parents have attended both types of training and have given very positive feedback.


To contact The Communication Trust about any issues to do with this page, please email jwilliams@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk or call 0207 843 2526