Health support - children with disabilities and learning needs

Speech and language delay

Information about how what specialist support and services are available for children who have speech and  language delay and  difficulties.

Speech and language therapy service

The speech and language therapy service helps children with their understanding and talking.The service works with children, families, carers and staff in pre-schools and schools, to help children’s communication skills. They give practical advice and support through training for families, teachers and staff. They also provide support for children with swallowing difficulties.
If you worried about your pre-school child’s talking and understanding, you can go to one of their drop-in sessions with your child. You don’t need an appointment as they will see you on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, although on busy days they may ask you to come back to the next session. The drop-ins are for children who have not been referred to the service.

Find out more about the drop in sessions and what the service offers.

Find a speech and language therapist

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists website provides  search facility where you can find qualified and registered speech and language therapists that you can buy services from directly.This can include both assessments and ongoing support. It is also possible to search by speciality, age and distance from your home.

All association members are registered members of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council and are committed to good business standards.

Advice and tips about talking to children

The Communication Trust have produced four films , as part of "Through the eyes of  a child programme"  that can help encourage childrens' communication development. The films have have advice on how parents can encourage their child to talk. 

There are 4 films, divided into age group, for parents who have children up to the age of 3.

Links to videos

For children aged 0-6

For children aged 6 to 12 months

For children aged 1 to 2 years

For children aged 2 to 3 years

Need more help?

Contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for free, impartial information, advice and support for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Support is also offered to children and young people with SEND. They can also help provide information in a non-web format.