The Talking Point website is the one stop shop for
information on children's communication. The site is full of useful
information and resources to support young people, parents
and practitioners to develop children's speech, language and
Since 2011 we have be supporting the development and growth of
the site to meet the ever-increasing need for this type of
Parents and practitioners tell us it is hard to find information
about support for children with communication difficulties and how
to identify children's speech, language and communication needs.
With this in mind Talking Point has recently been revamped - with
new features including a database of resources (DVDs, books), a
searchable map of local services (Therapists, Specialist
Schools) and a new design that's easy to use on a mobile or
The site includes Progress Checker, a resource that allows
parents and practitioners to review a child's progress ,at
different ages, in talking, listening and understanding. New
content will continue to be added over the next year, focussing
mainly on young people.
The site is maintained and developed by I CAN and funded
by The Communication Trust and the Department for Education.
I CAN Help Enquiry Service - speak to a speech & language
The I CAN Help Enquiry Service* is a free and
confidential information service run by qualified speech and
This service allows parents and practitioners with concerns
about a child's communication development to discuss their
questions with an I CAN speech and language therapist and receive
information, tips, signposting and resources from a
For more information and to arrange a phone call or email from
an I CAN speech and language therapist, visit www.ican.org.uk/enquiryservice or contact
020 7843 2544 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
*As this service does not include meeting and assessing
children, we are unable to provide specific advice about a child
(e.g. a diagnosis).
The Afasic Helpline
The Afasic Helpline is an
independent and confidential source of information and support for
anyone who has concerns about a child with SLCN. While aimed at
parents and carers, they will also answer queries from young people
with SLCN, professionals or family friends and relatives.
Their knowledgeable and supportive team of staff and volunteers
have all been thoroughly trained and, in most cases, are themselves
parents of children with SLCN. They can help with queries or
concerns about speech and language development, speech and language
therapy, diagnosis and professional reports, legal entitlements and
accessing support through the SEND system.
The helpline is open between 10.30 and 2.30, Mondays to Fridays,
and the number to ring is 0300 666 9410.
Out of hours they can be contacted via the e-mail enquiry form
on their website: http://www.afasic.org.uk/.