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* Trafford Speech and Language Therapy (Children and Young People)

Coronavirus update - October 2020

In SLT, the service has resumed face to face in special schools, nurseries and some school support in mainstream. We are also using video in school to review plans to increase efficiency and if the school prefer to reduce the number of visitors or if they don’t want us to wear PPE.

Face to face in clinics in the community clinics has resumed and face to face domiciliary visits for dysphagia are ongoing.

Telephone / video assessments to parents/ carers are still being provided, if a face to face session cannot be organised due to restrictions etc. to avoid delay and waits to support for children.

All SLT training is now recorded with drop box links for school staff and parents/ carers as we are unable to resume group face to face training. This is also more efficient and allows schools/ families to access the training at a time that suits them. (Eventbrite links are available on our Facebook page).

Speech and Language therapists  ‘attend’ annual reviews etc. via MS teams

The team are still very active on Facebook and provide advice, signing, strategies etc.

All staff follow the current PPE guidelines and advice for schools and work with schools within their risk assessment plans and Government and NHS guidance.

We are providing regular advice via our Facebook page.  ‘Topic Tuesdays’ and live question and answers

The pre-referral advice line is still available; 07917 264975

  • School age children (5+ years) Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Preschool children (0-5 years) Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. sessions.

The service recently participated in a Q and A session with the Trafford Parents Forum. This is recorded and available to view on the Forum website via U-tube

We have increased our online training offer. The SLT service offer these courses online below. Please email for the links

Key Stage 1 & 2 Courses:

Lego Therapy, Social Communication, Colourful Semantics, Vocabulary KS1 & KS2, Narrative Skills, Listening Comprehension, Thinking Skills 

EY Social Skills, EY Vocabulary, EY Comprehension, EY Attention & Listening 

Universal Courses:

Introduction to Speech Sounds , Communication Friendly Environments, Zones of Regulation, Social Stories 

About the service

Speech and language therapists assess, diagnose and treat people who have speech, language and communications needs and feeding difficulties. We do this in a variety of places, including nurseries, clinics and schools.

The team works in partnership with parents, carers, professionals and voluntary groups to make sure our clients get the support that is right for them.

Pre-Referral Advice Line: 07917 264 975

If you are concerned about a child’s speech, language or communication development and would like some advice or information on how to make a referral, give us a ring and speak to a member of the Speech and Language Therapy team.

We have dedicated times for children of all ages so please ensure that you call at the appropriate time.

For Pre-School Children (0-5 years) please call on Wednesday between 9am and 11am.

For School age children (over 5 years) please call on Tuesday between 9am and 11am 

Please be aware that there is no voicemail facility and you may need to be patient whilst you wait to speak to our team.

If the child is already known to our service, we would advise you to contact the child’s Speech and Language Therapist or our admin team on 0161 912 2592 or

Please remember that you can also send us a message and find useful information via our Facebook page.


Once a referral has been received and triaged from a school or early years childcare provider, your child will be placed on a waiting list.

If your child is in an Early Years setting you will be offered a Communication Strategy Workshop, a place in the next EY Assessment Group or an appointment at Chapel Road clinic.

If your child attends a Trafford school (including children in a school nursery) you will be offered an initial assessment either in school or at the Chapel Road Clinic (if the concerns are related to speech sounds, voice or fluency).

Specialist needs

If the child's language needs are such that they can't be met by this team then The Language Outreach Service provides a Specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to pupils with persistent, severe and complex language and communication needs impacting on their ability to access the curriculum. The service is provided to pupils in mainstream primary schools, from Reception to Year 6.


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NEW CHANGES: We now have a new pre-referral advice line. We have created a booking system, which allows parents/practitioners to book a slot to discuss any concerns with one of our team. This has had some excellent feedback! 

Who to contact

0161 912 2592
Extra details


Where to go

Name of Venue
Sale Waterside
Venue Address
1st Floor
Waterside Plaza
M33 7ZF

Who is it for?

From birth to 18 years or 25 years for disabled young people

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

NEW CHANGES: We now have a new pre-referral advice line. We have created a booking system, which allows parents/practitioners to book a slot to discuss any concerns with one of our team. This has had some excellent feedback! 

Parent carers should ask their early years childcare provider or school to refer into SLT. The information they can provide helps us triage the referrals appropriately.  

Your school is required to complete and send through your consent as part of the application.

School referrals

Schools should refer into SLT using the school age referral form.

Signed consent by the parent/ carer is essential.  If this is not included the referral will not be processed and it will be returned.

Please complete parents/ carers’ email address and mobile phone number if known.

Early years providers

Early years providers should use the pre-school age referral form. This should be completed by your SENCO or Communication Champion. Please ensure you have liaised with the child’s Heath Visitor prior to making a referral.

If applicable, the WellComm Summary Sheet must be completed. Please also include copies of the child’s WellComm score sheets. Include a copy of the Trafford Assessment of Speech Sounds (TASS) if you have concerns around the child’s pronunciation of sounds.

The child must have a Trafford GP

Referral criteria for children where there are language and communication concerns:

On WellComm, a child should achieve a ‘red’ score for their age band in addition to a ‘red’ score in the age band below(two consecutive red scores)**

**Please call the Early Years pre-referral advice line (Wednesday 9-11am on 07917264975) if you wish to refer a child who does not meet these WellComm screening criteria. The Speech and Language Therapy team member will discuss your concerns and advise on the best course of action regarding referral. 

Referral criteria for children where there are speech sound concerns:

On the TASS, children should be scoring below age expectancy.

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

Children/parents requiring an interpreter will not be asked to opt in and will be offered a clinic appointment with an interpreter.

Last updated date:
09 September 2021

We strongly suggest contacting the service or activity before you use it. This way you can check all the details are correct and that everything is right for you. Trafford Directory disclaimer


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