Useful links

Wiltshire Council – Wiltshire council has a range of information available such as school term dates, how to apply for a school place, information on free childcare for 2- 4 year olds and they also have a separate Special Education Needs section of their website. This section of their website offer guidance and information about Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Wiltshire for children, parents and carers, schools and education professionals.

Wiltshire Family Information Services – This is the  service developed by Wiltshire council providing information on parent and toddler groups, activities and leisure groups for 0 to 19 year olds, National and local support services for health, education, financial, legal and family issues and schools and education.

Wiltshire Parent Council –  The WPCC provides a specialist consultation and participation service that enables parents and carers to voice their opinions about the services and support that their families receive. It also has useful links to information on short breaks for disabled children and useful signposting to services and sources of information.

Wiltshire Pathways -This website provides guidance and support to professionals in Wiltshire who work with children and young people and their families. On the site you will find information, guidance and practical tools & solutions to help support vulnerable children and young people in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Local Offer – A website created by Wiltshire Council to give parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and young people themselves, information about the support and services available in their local area and how they can access them.

District Specialist Centres are available in four locations in Wiltshire and provide support and care for children with disabilities and special education needs and their families. See their individual websites for more information.

Springboard District Specialist Centre in Chippenham

Devizes District Specialist Centre in Devizes

Stepping Stones District Specialist Centre in Trowbridge

John McNeil District Specialist Centre in Salisbury

Children’s Centres – there are a number of children’s centres across Wiltshire that provide a range of services for children and families such as stay and play sessions, parenting courses, messy play sessions, family support workers and many other useful services. Please visit the children’s centre page of the Wiltshire Council website and find the children’s centre nearest you.

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) has information on private Speech and Language Therapy services near you. Wiltshire Speech and Language Therapy Team supports joint working with Independent Speech and Language Therapists as identified in CQC3.

Visual Aids for Learning – this website has some useful free resources for generating visual supports for children with language or social communication difficulties for use in pre-school and at home. It links well with the guidance and strategies suggested in SWASS.

Useful organisations

I CAN – I CAN is the children’s communication charity. It has some information for parents and professionals as well as some helpful resources and courses. This is the charities main website.

I CAN also have a fantastic You Tube channel with informative videos on supporting children’s communication skills and on some of their resources and training packages.

Talking Point – Talking Point is a website run by ICAN. It is designed for parents and professionals as a first stop for information on children’s communication skills from 1 month – 18 years of age. There are lots of resources available  and a useful database for searching their resources to find useful books, DVDs, booklets, posters that are relevant to you.

Communication Trust – The Communication Trust is a coalition of almost 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. They run some fantastic initiatives such as ‘No Pens Days’  and ‘The Communication Commitment’ package for schools to raise awareness and helping develop whole-school approach to communication.

Afasic– is a charity committed to working with children and parents to enable them to overcome their speech and language difficulties.

Makaton – Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.  It is designed to support spoken language. This website has details of Makaton training, resources to purchase and also has regular freebies to download and print.

Singing Hands – Singing hands is a You Tube channel that has lots of nursery rhymes and children’s songs that are sung and signed using Makaton Signs. A great resources for parents and pre-schools.

Mencap – Mencap is a charity that looks to support and campaign for people with learning disabilities. There website has useful news and information. It also has details of Mencap Direct helpline which is a useful way to access advice and information about learning disability and find the right support and Mencap services in your area.

National Autistic Society – We are the leading charity for people with autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and services for people with Autism.

BLAST Programme – BLAST is a complete package designed to enhance and enrich the speech, language and communication skills of 3-4 year old children. BLAST is a complete resource, linked to the early years Foundation Stage curriculum and supportive of Letters and Sounds. All Early years settings in Wiltshire has been offered a half day training from our service and given a BLAST pack. Please see their website for more information.

Michael Palin Centre – Michael Palin Centre is a national centre for Stammering. Their website has a range of useful information for parents and professionals, details of their training and therapy courses  and latest research.

They also have a useful  DVD called  ‘Wait, Wait, I’m Not Finished Yet’. This is a free DVD to support schools in helping pupils who stammer. The DVD is appropriate to anyone working in a secondary school setting. Various printable resources can also be found on the DVD. It is available free on the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children website.

British Stammering Association – The BSA website has information about latest research, therapy options, current news and afairs relating to stammering and useful information about stammering.

Bilingualism– Bilingualism Matters has a useful frequently asked questions page for parents.