Supports for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) - Helping Charities | Resources

I CAN    Email :

I CAN is the children’s communication charity. I CAN Help is a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication. I CAN’s mission is to ensure no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind. Our vision is a world where all children and young people who struggle….. Read More

The Communication Trust    Email :

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together we support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. Our work focuses on supporting children and young people who struggle to communicate because they have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as well as supporting all children….. Read More


Afasic was founded in 1968 as a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. We provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the UK. Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better….. Read More

1Voice – Communicating Together    Email :

“A world where the voice of every child and adult, however they communicate, is listened to and heard” 1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring. Established….. Read More

ACE Centre    Email :

The ACE Centre provides help for those who need to understand and use communication aids and assistive technology. Our therapists and teachers offer a comprehensive assessment service for children and adults with complex physical and communication difficulties. We also offer training, information and consultancy for both parents and professionals. Making Assistive Technology work is a team effort. Very few people….. Read More

Action for Stammering Children    Email :

Help to transform the life of a child who stammers. The Centre provides a specialist assessment, therapy and advice service to children and teenagers who stammer, and their families. Young people aged 2-18 may be referred to the Centre by their local speech and language therapist or their GP from any part of the UK. Each youngster is invited to….. Read More

Artburst    Email :

Artburst is an award winning social enterprise providing creative educational workshops that improve and empower the lives of young people and their families, through creative and performing arts. Our activities are process-led and always integrate drama, art, music and movement. The objective is to improve oracy and literacy skills, develop confidence and encourage a passion for children’s literature. We run….. Read More

Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills (ARCOS)    Email :

ARCOS is a UK national charity, working to improve life for children and adults who have communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. These conditions are often complex, persist throughout life and require specialized, long-term treatment. Our goal is to enable clients to benefit from the latest advances in knowledge, understanding, skills and technology. Based in the West Midlands, we have….. Read More

Auditory Verbal UK (AVUK)    Email :

Our vision is that all deaf children have the opportunity to listen and speak as equals alongside their hearing peers. At Auditory VerbalUK, we want to see a world where all deaf children have the same opportunities in life as hearing children. Auditory VerbalUK is an award-winning national charity that helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to….. Read More

Better Communication CIC    Email :

Better Communication is a Community Interest Company – a not-for-profit organisation which has been formed to support the implementation of change in the commissioning and provision of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Better Communication CIC is committed to enhancing the evidence base around the factors which really make a difference in terms of….. Read More

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)    Email :

BATOD is a not-for-profit, professional association. The membership includes two thirds of all qualifed Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs) across the UK. BATOD promotes excellence in deaf education – providing specialist professional support for Teachers of the Deaf to develop the communication skills of deaf children and support their education by providing advice and information to families, professional specialist colleagues and….. Read More

British Stammering Association (BSA)    Email :

BSA offers support to all whose lives are affected by stammering. The British Stammering Association is the national charity supporting all whose lives are affected by stammering. We do this through our dedicated information and support service with a helpline staffed almost entirely by people who stammer (0845 603 2001). In addition, our website ( is probably the most comprehensive resource….. Read More

Chailey Heritage Foundation    Email :

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a national charity providing education and care services for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs. The charity encompasses Chailey Heritage School and Chailey Heritage Residential for children and young people aged 3-19. It also provides residential services to adults aged 19 and upwards, Futures@Chailey Heritage, which includes a state-of-the-art leisure and….. Read More

Commtap CIC    Email :

Commtap provides a web-based library of practical activities for parents and professionals working with communication impaired young people. This free collaborative resource has been created by speech and language therapists and specialist teachers. Commtap backs up this work with a programme of training for members of the children’s workforce. Resources for developing children’s and adults’ communication skills created by speech….. Read More

Communication Matters    Email :

Provides services for children and adults who have severe communication difficulties and who may benefit from using some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. Communication Matters is committed to supporting people of all ages who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech. Its vision is a world where all individuals have a right to….. Read More

Cued Speech Association UK    Email :

If you have a deaf baby or child, or support one at school or nursery, we can help you communicate, and enable your child to fully learn the English language, by teaching you the simple system of Cued Speech (CS). CS, which can be learnt in about 20 hours, combines eight hand-shapes in four positions near the mouth, with the lip….. Read More

Ewing Foundation    Email :

The Ewing Foundation is a national charity, promoting inclusion and achievement for deaf children through listening and speaking. Our team of Education Consultants and Specialist Audiology Technicians supports professionals in acquiring the skills and confidence needed to help deaf children use their residual hearing, access technology and develop natural spoken language. The Ewing Foundation, established in 1952, supports professionals working….. Read More

Find A Voice    Email :

Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support. This can include signing, symbols or a communication aid. Support is provided in person, by telephone and via the website. Our Vision: A world in which people with severe speech problems….. Read More

Language for Learning    Email :

Language for Learning provides training and resources to support all those working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. We provide training to the wider workforce in early years settings and schools, equipping practitioners to support children and young people effectively. Through our training for trainers programme we train speech and language therapists and specialist teachers….. Read More

NAPLIC    Email :

NAPLIC is an association for all professionals concerned with children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It is led by a volunteer committee and exists to promote and increase the awareness and understanding of young people with SLCN, amongst all the professionals involved in meeting their needs.NAPLIC aims: • To promote collaborative practice through the….. Read More

Talking Point    Email :

Communication is a vital skill that all children need to learn. Without it they will not reach their full potential. Here at Talking Point we give parents and carers the information they need to help their children develop these skills. If your son or daughter has difficulty with speaking, they may need help, or they may struggle in nursery or school. With the….. Read More

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)    Email :

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is the representative organisation for all those in the UK affected by cleft lip and/or palate. Our vision is a world where having a cleft is no barrier to achieving your desires and ambitions. CLAPA was set up in 1979 as a partnership between parents and health professionals, and this remains a core….. Read More

The Elizabeth Foundation    Email :

Helping preschool deaf children learn to listen and talk. The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss and their families. It helps babies and children with all degrees of hearing loss learn to listen and speak. It does this by providing pre-school education services at its Family Centre, along with help, support and….. Read More

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