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Community speech and language therapy advice


Talk and play guides

Our 'Talk and play every day' guides provide information about supporting speech and language development in your child's early years.

Developing language in young babies: 0 to six months (PDF 398Kb)

Developing language in babies: six to 12 months (PDF 398Kb)

Developing language in toddlers: one to two years (PDF 449Kb)

Developing language in young children: two years plus (PDF 318Kb)

Keep your language alive (PDF 331Kb) – a guide to every day language development for bilingual children.

Read and rhyme language development (PDF 250KB) – a guide to language development in children using reading and rhyming.

Switch it off and talk together (PDF 554Kb) – children learn best through talk and play, but this guide has some tips for making the most of TV and computer games for speech and language development.

Useful websites

General advice on communication development

National Literacy Trust provides information for parents to help their children develop vital communication and literacy skills, from birth to age 11.

Talking Point provides information about the importance of communication, communication development and disability.

Afasic is a charity aimed at supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication impairments, their families and the professionals working with them.

I CAN aims to ensure children with a communication difficulty can access the support they need, offering training as well as a range of books and DVDs. 

Information on specific areas of difficulty

National Autistic Society provides information on all aspects of autism, including strategies and approaches you can use in a variety of settings.

National Deaf Children’s Society provides information and resources about all aspects of deafness, including events for deaf children and their families.

Down's Syndrome Association provides information and support on living with Down’s syndrome. 

Dyspraxia Foundation is a UK based charity which helps people understand and cope with all types of dyspraxia.

Infant and Toddler Forum offers practical advice from experts on all aspects of eating and drinking, including factsheets and useful videos.

MENCAP is a learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

Scope provides information, education and care for disabled people and their families.

Bliss offers help and support for parents of premature and sick babies.

British Stammering Association provides information and support on stammering.

Michael Palin Centre offers specialist services to children and young people who stammer from all over the UK.


Family support

Contact a Family provides advice, information and support to families with disabled children across the UK.

Family Information Directory provides information about local children’s services, including parenting support, childcare, activities, schools, healthcare, or services for children with special needs.

Augmentative and alternative communication systems

Communication Matters is a UK-wide organisation committed to supporting people who have little or no speech. They offer information on methods of communication which can be used to supplement spoken communication.

Makaton is a unique language programme offering a structured, multi-modal approach, using signs and symbols, for the teaching of communication, language and literacy skills for people with communication and learning difficulties. This website provides information on resources and training available for parents, carers and professionals.  

Speech and language therapy

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) provides information on independent speech and language therapists throughout the UK. 

Health and Care Professions Council is the regulatory body for health professionals, ensuring speech and language therapists meet a high standard of training and professional skills.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, providing leadership and setting professional standards.


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