Speech and Language Therapy provides a citywide service offering assessment, diagnosis and appropriate management of children aged 0-16 years (or up to 19 years if a young person attends a Manchester Specialist Support School) who have speech, language and communication needs including difficulties with social communication, feeding and swallowing and voice.
Who do we work with?
Speech and Language Therapists work with children who may need help:
- Understanding what is being said to them
- Listening and following instructions
- Using words
- Joining words together in sentences
- Saying sounds and speaking clearly
- Eating and drinking
- Communicating and interacting with other children
- Understanding their environment
Where do we work?
The Speech and Language Therapy Team work in a range of locations including home, health centres, schools and early years settings
How is the service organised?
The Speech and Language Therapy Service is broadly divided into the following areas:
- Early Years Team focussing on prevention and early intervention
- Community Clinic Team focussing on helping children with speech sound, fluency or voice difficulties
- School Team working with children in mainstream primary and secondary schools and supporting school staff to help the children
- Additional Needs Team working with children with more complex needs within the community and Specialist Support Schools
- Traded Team delivering intervention to mainstream schools via a funded service level agreement
How do we work?
The Speech and Language Therapist will assess the child’s speech, language and communication and decide the best way to develop the child’s language skills. This may be advice, direct individual intervention or group intervention alongside support for the parent/carer to carry out activities at home/school.
The Speech and Language Therapist will work together with other people including nursery staff and teachers who have regular contact with the child to help them understand the child’s needs and provide strategies to encourage a good level of communication.
How to Contact
Speech and Language Therapy Service
Levenshulme Health Centre,
Telephone: 0161 4706770
How to Access
Children being referred MUST be registered with a GP in the Manchester area or attend a Manchester school
Who can refer?
The Speech and Language Therapy service accepts referrals direct from parents/carers via a phone call
Telephone: 0161 248 1208
Any professional from health, education, social services or private/voluntary setting who have a concern about a child’s speech, language and communication can make a referral by completing the Children’s Community Referral Form or appropriate team referral form (school language and communication referral form or school speech sounds referral form) and emailing it to
If the child attends a Manchester school, the school will be asked to support the referral by completing a school referral form.
The professional must have the consent of the child’s parents.
Additional/Supporting Information for Referrals
Any relevant useful additional information can be sent with the referral, for example:
WellComm Screen Score Sheet
SLCN pupil checklist
BBC Tiny Happy People: https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people Ideas and activities to help you develop your child’s communication skills through simple interaction and play.
Afasic: http://www.afasic.org.uk/ Raises awareness of speech, language and communication needs(SLCN) and campaigns for better services and provision for children and young people with SLCN
ICAN: http://www.ican.org.uk/ works to support the development of speech ,language and communication skills in children needing extra support
The Literacy Trust: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk An independent charity that transforms lives through language and literacy
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: http://www.rcslt.org/ The professional body for Speech and Language Therapists
Recent Awards & Recognition
Speech and Language Therapy Early Years Team – shortlisted finalists for the 2019 Shine a Light Awards (supported by Pearson Assessment)