Information for parents – Wigan Borough Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

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Talking Point logoProgress tracker

Are you worried about your child’s communication development?

Use this progress tracker from Talking Point to check your child’s communication development.

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, (UK Registered charity 21003)

What to expect

What to expect - Prereferral, Assessment, Input, Outcomes, Review

Where will my child be seen?

Initial assessment appointments generally take place in the clinic. Following this, follow up assessment/therapy can be provided in a variety of settings. This is decided according to service guidelines and depends on where the child is most likely to reach their full potential. This might be in your home, the clinic or in school/nursery.

What should I expect the first time I go to see the Speech and Language Therapist?

You may be sent a questionnaire to bring with you to your first appointment. This will help the Speech and Language Therapist gather some information about your child. The therapist will ask you questions about your child’s development and we will assess your child’s speech, language and communication skills. This could be through observations, play and/or formal assessment. We will the outcome of the assessment with you.

What happens after my first appointment?

Following assessment a decision will be made about appropriate intervention for your child. Intervention may be direct e.g. 1:1 therapy, group work, coaching, or indirect e.g. advice and strategies, a programme, training. The type of treatment will be decided according to your child’s needs and will be discussed with you. You will receive a copy of the report detailing assessment findings and recommendations.

Parent training and groups

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook and keep up to date with our latest training offers that may include:

  • Signalong
  • PECS groups
  • PODD groups


Pre-school education

Elklan startegies, pre-referral consultation, refer to service

School age children and young people

Pre-consultation - Gain parental consent - Refer to service

Parents / carers / young people

Concern about communication - Phone 01942 483613 to make self referral

Referral form

Children’s Speech & Language Therapy Referral Form



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Communication Information

  • Talking point: information on all aspects of children’s communication, including a useful progress tracker to map your child’s development.
  • Communication Trust: 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
  • I CAN is a specialist children’s communication charity providing a range of information services about children’s communication.
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

General Resources to encourage communication

Specialist Websites

Additional Needs

Hearing Impairment

Action on Hearing Loss

Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism Information and Research Association

Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip and Palate Association

Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

National Autistic Society

Female Autism Network on Facebook has some great resources and information for all ages on how to think socially, and therefore develop social skills through a better understanding of what people are thinking and why they act in the way they do.

Take a virtual tour of the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Wigan. The iRoam technology allows people to familiarise themselves with the shopping centre in advance of any visit and can really help to reduce anxiety. This may be particularly useful for people with autism. 

Dysfluency (stammering)

British Stammering Association

The Michael Palin Centre

Communication Aids (AAC)

1Voice is a user-led network and support group for children who use communication aids and their families.

Communication Matters provides information and resources for professionals and families and people with limited natural speech.


Communication Trust activities great ideas for activities parents & carers can do with their children.

Social Stories help children understand social and new situations.

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