General SALT Links
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists:
This is the professional body of and for Speech and Language Therapists in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Health and Care Professions Council:
Regulates health and social care professionals and was set up to protect the public. They only register professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice:
This provides information and a contact point for members of the public searching for private Speech and Language Therapists.
Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – is a membership organization working to improve the lives of children and adults with complex communication needs.
ISAAC’s goal is to create worldwide awareness about how AAC can help individuals without speech. ISAAC accomplishes this by sharing information and promoting innovative approaches to research, technology and literacy through AAC.
Companies who might be able to loan equipment:
Communication app reviews:
- Call Centre Scotland www.callscotland.org.uk
- Ace Centre North / Oxford acecentre.org.uk
- Communication Matters www.communicationmatters.org.uk
General AAC use and implementation guidance:
- SIMPLE AAC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKlOCvEqLDo
- Aided Language Stimulation: https://youtu.be/flFNMky22-U
1) This is an introduction to PODD featuring an informal chat about PODD with a parent who has embraced PODD and is very knowledgeable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p5eH1u1j40
Tracey (from the above video) has her own YouTube channel and has made videos such as this one demonstrating use of the books https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5QTl4cfEWs
2) You can find more examples of PODD being used by searching for ‘We Speak PODD’ on a social media and youtube
3) This link is another ‘Introduction to PODD’ video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xzP_-jXo0I
Developmental Difficulties & ‘SEN’
The Communication Trust:
The Communication Trust works to raise awareness of the importance of speech, language and communication issues amongst everyone that works with children and young people. The Trust works to ensure that everyone has access to training and resources which support communication development.
This provides parents and carers with the information they need to help their children develop their communication skills.
All children develop at their own rate and achieve milestones at different ages. There is, however, a recognised pattern of development, and for further age-related information about speech, language and communication development, please see the link below:
ICAN is a UK charity for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Is a UK charity which offers information and ideas to support speech, language and communication development.
Talk to your baby:
This provides useful ideas to support communication development for children from birth to three years old. It also provides quick tips which are available in 13 different languages.
Contact a Family:
The charity for families with disabled children. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other.
Evidence based therapy apps for children with SEN.
Acquired Communication Difficulties after Stroke:
Brain Injury and Communication Difficulties:
Evidence based therapy apps for adults.
Dysphagia (Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Difficulties)
International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative
These organisations can be helpful for diagnosis specific information and support. For example:
- British Stammering Association
- Sense (complex disabilities & deafblindness)
- Cerebral Palsy.org
- Mencap (supporting people living with a Learning Disability)
- The National Autistic Society
- The Down’s Syndrome Association
- DownSouth – Down’s Syndrome Support South Devon
- Headway (UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services)
- The Stroke Association
- Alzheimer’s Society
- MND Association
- Mind – Mental Health Support
- Parkinson’s UK
- MS Society
- Huntingdon’s Disease Association
- FND Hope