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

Types of communication issue

Some young people have communication difficulties that will stay with them as they grow up and when they are adults.

If you have a long-term communication difficulty, it may affect you differently at different points in your life. You may need speech and language therapy at some times but not others. The important thing is that you don’t feel on your own and that you can get help when you want it. A communication difference doesn’t have to stop you doing what you want!

Use our links on this page to find support the long term conditions that affect communication.

These could include:

  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Stammering
  • Autism
  • Learning disability
  • Physical disability

How speech & language therapy can help

  • Help you understand your difficulty
  • Learn and use strategies
  • Train others who support you so they understand
  • Signpost you to other sources of support

Some communication difficulties don’t have a cure, but you can learn skills and strategies to help you manage your difficulties so you can get on with living your life.

What to expect


A parent or teacher can refer you – ask them to use this website to do that.

You can refer yourself to speech and language therapy by phoning 01942 483613.

You could also write to us, asking for an appointment.

We will write to you, asking you to phone us and make an appointment.

Your first appointment

You will usually come to a local clinic or health centre.

You will talk with the therapist about what you are finding difficult.

The therapist will ask questions to find out what they can support you with. Support may be working with you in one-to-one or group sessions or it may be giving you information and exercise to try.

It may be offering training and information to other people who support you, like teachers or a parent, so they know how to support you.

If you go to a special school you will have your appointment in school.

I want to give feedbackPatient Feedback – Children and Young People

Our staff try very hard to look after your health and make sure you are treated properly.

We would like to hear from you if you think we have done something well or if you have any suggestions on how we could do something differently.

Please visit our feedback pages for children and young people to let us know how we are doing.

Success stories

A communication difficulty doesn’t have to stop you achieving.

Here are some famous people who have communication disability:

Chris Packham (TV presenter and Wildlife Expert)

Professor Stephen Hawkin (Scientist, Author)

Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley: Radio 2 Comedy Award winner 2014, writer)

Francesca Martinez (Activist and Comedian)

Young persons links


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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 lets you see the shopping centre before you go. This can really help to reduce anxiety. This can help if you are on the autistic spectrum.

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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