Worcestershire Speech & Language Therapy Service
Our service is the main provider of speech and language therapy services to children and young people in Worcestershire. We are commissioned by both the NHS and the Local Authority to deliver services to children and young people in Children Centres, schools and in specialist provision.
Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) are the lead experts in speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. We work in partnership with children, their families, and other professionals and agencies - for example teaching staff, paediatricians, health visitors to reduce the impact of these difficulties on children's wellbeing and on their ability to achieve their full potential.
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Worcestershire Speech, Language and Communication Needs Pathway
Worcestershire's online SLCN Pathway is the first stop for anyone with an interest in SLCN. The SLCN Pathway includes guidance and information to help ensure that all children and young people at risk of, or presenting with, speech, language and/or communication needs will be supported so they can learn, achieve, develop social interactions and make a positive contribution to the world around them.
The Pathway provides an extensive range of tools including information leaflets for parents, whole setting/school approaches, tools to support early identification of SLCN, communication friendly environment audit tools and links to local training including Language for Learning.
All materials are freely available for use.
AFASIC is the UK charity representing children and young people with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Local parents/carers groups can be contacted via the national office.
Better Communication CIC
Better Communication is a Community Interest Company - a not-for-profit organisation formed to support the implementation of change in the commissioning and provision of services for children and young people.
The lead practitioner is Marie Gascoigne. Marie has brought together a team of associates with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds in order to provide commissioners, managers and practitioners with access to training, advice and consultancy support to implement change. Their aim is simple: to make the best use of resources to ensure that the right people work with the right children in the right place and at the right time.
The work of Better Communication CIC is built around the Balanced System™ framework. The Balanced System™ has been developed over ten years of research and practice and is used by an increasing number of organisations to underpin both commissioning specifications and provider service models. More information about the Balanced System™ can be found on the MGA Consulting website - link below.
MGA has developed expertise in advising both commisioners and service providers how to achieve efficient and effective service provision for children and young people. MGA is home to The Balanced System™ framework and associated tools developed by Marie Gascoigne.
MGA is the corporate sponsor of Better Communication, a 'not-for-profit' community interest company formed to facilitate further development of systems to improve services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
NAPLIC is an established charitable organisation for teachers, speech and language therapists and other professions, led by a volunteer committee elected by the membership. NAPLIC exists to promote and increase the awareness and understanding of children and young people with SLCN. NAPLIC organises conferences every year highlighting current issues, opportunities, the most up to date research and sharing best practice.
NASEN is the national association for special education needs. NASEN organises courses and events for teachers and other professionals. Membership includes two SEN journals. In partnership with David Fulton/Routledge, NASEN publishes both Language for Learning books.
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists - RCSLT
The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK and Ireland.
The Signalong Group is a registered charity dedicated to enabling children and adults with speech, language and communication needs to overcome difficulties and to reach their full potential. It was founded in 1992 at a Kent special school and now provides resources and training throughout the United Kingdom and in some other countries. Signalong empowers children and adults with impaired communication to understand and express their needs, choices and desires by providing sign vocabulary for life and learning.
Worcestershire is a Signalong county.
Talking Matters - Worcestershire
Talking Matters Workshops are aimed at giving staff the skills they need to deliver targeted intervention for children with speech, language and communication needs. Each workshop covers a different communication difficulty and gives staff a really practical demonstration of activities and the resources they will need to run a group or carry out a programme.
Delivered by speech and language therapists from the Worcestershire service.
Talking Point is a joint initiative of AFASIC, ICAN and RCSLT that provides a gateway to all services and information associated with children with SLCN.
The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. The Trust aims to harness the collective expertise of our Consortium to support the children's workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) of all children and young people, particularly those with SLCN.
The Trust does this by raising awareness, providing information and workforce development opportunities, influencing policy, promoting best practice among the children's workforce and commissioning work from our members. The Trust is advised by specialist advisors and works with a broader network of partners. The Communication Trust was set up in 2007 by children's charities Afasic and I CAN, with BT and Council for Disabled Children.
Language for Learning is a member of the Trust consortium group.
The National Autistic Society
The NAS is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism