Scope is a disability equality charity. It aims to provide practical information and emotional support, along with campaigning to create a fairer society. Have a look at their advice and support section for information on a wide range of issues.

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The Council for Disabled Children is an umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector. It aims to brings together professionals, practitioners and policy makers. The website includes information and resources for parents, young people and schools and others.

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Find out more about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) – you may be surprised to find out that on average 2 children per class of 30 have DLD.

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Find out more about cleft lip and palate and find support and information to help you and your child.

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The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not for profit organisations. They work to support everyone wo works with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

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Find out more about how using Talking Mats can help children and young people express their views – even if they find it difficult to communicate verbally.

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Find out information about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which can be used to support your child to communicate alongside their unaided communication.

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Find out more about Signalong. This is the signing system used in Hillingdon to support your child to understand and express themselves alongside talking. Look out for the Sign of the Week on the Hillingdon Talks Facebook page.

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Find out information about how to support children and young people with selective mutism. There is information to support parents and professionals.

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Developed by Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, ICAN and AFASIC, Talking Point provides parents, carers and professionals with information about speech, language and communication. It provides information about communication skills, advice sheets, ages and stages information explaining what your child should be able to do at each age, and a progress checker that you can complete to see if they need help as well as free resources.

Talking Point website

The National Literacy Trust is a charity working with children and young people and their families to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The charity's website is called Words for Life and has tips, advice and resources for parents and carers.

National Literacy Trust website

This is a charity that supports children with speech language and communication needs (SLCN). It gives information on useful books and DVDs to support children, explanations of what SLCN is and how to access support.

ICAN website

This is a charity for children with SLCN. It has speech and language developmental milestones, what to look for, resources to support children, a parents helpline, information about what to do if you are worried about your child’s speech and language development and information about AFASIC groups near you.

AFASIC website

This is a specialist centre for children and young people who stammer. The website has information for parents, professionals and young people. It has useful information and courses. There are also videos of children describing their experiences.

Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children website

This website provides information for families, and their children, school and professionals working with deaf children. It has information on family support, activities and events for deaf children and their families and advice sheets on a range of issues.

NDCS website

This provides advice and support, including a helpline, for parents of children/young people who stammer. It has advice sheets and information packs for parents, teenagers and teachers. It also has information about relevant research.

British Stammering Association website

This website provides information about supporting children/young people with autism. There is a helpline available. It also has a parent forum.

NAS website

Headway is a UK based charity providing support, services and information to brain injury survivors families and carers through a network of groups and branches across the UK.

Headway website

Listen to free audible books together with your child as a good way of developing attention and listening skills, language and vocabulary – and to spend some special time together. Visit the Audible website.

Lots of advice and resources for parents to use to support their children’s speech sounds and language skills. This site is mainly aimed at parents of primary aged children – but others might find it useful.

Visit Speech link.

Thinking Talking has some ideas for word games to play at home to develop vocabulary skills in school aged children.

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Local support groups/organisations

Has more information about the support for children with special education needs or disability.

Hillingdon Local Offer website

This is a local charity based in Hillingdon. There is information about local events, family support, training, autism awareness, information and advice about autism.

HACS website

Represent the views of parents and carers in Hillingdon in discussions with the local authority in policy and service development.

Hillingdon Parents Carers Forum website

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Services Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS signposts parents and carers to useful information and advice, explains local policy and special education needs (SEN) law, supports parents and carers understanding and interpreting of information and supports resolving disagreements.

E-mail: sendiass@hillingdon.gov.uk

Telephone 01895 277001

Gives advice and information about ADHD and Autism.

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support website

This is a local support and social group for fathers of children with a disability or special needs.

E-mail: hillingdondads@gmail.com

This is a user led charity that provides advice, support and activities that allow disabled people to become more independent, confident and part of the community. The offer help with finding information to enable them to access services and relevant support they require.

DASH website

This is a monthly support group run by parents for other parents. It runs on the third Friday of the month at Colham Manor Children’s Centre, Violet Avenue, Hillingdon, UB8 3PT. For further information call 01895 250211. Children are welcome to come along and access the play facilities including a sensory room. For more information about any of the above please email jsmith3@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Lots ideas for games and activities that you can do at home to support your children to develop their speech and language skills

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