Parents

SLCo has a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication.

We can help parents and carers find out key information and get some guidance on what to do next once they either suspect a child has a difficulty or when they’ve been identified with difficulties.

stage2-step1It is part of our service to focus on 1:1 support offering a bridge between appointments and other professional therapy. Often there are waiting times. Given that your child’s brain develops at a very young age, we are able to offer our knowledge and skills to better equip you to support your child, know where to go, who to see, and where practicable we can offer  a tailor made programme of intervention once your child’s needs are identified.

Our social pedagogy approach is embedded into our parent support programme and we look to support both parent and child.

We know that parents are often stressed and worried and no parent wants to hear their child has a problem. But we need to impress upon you the importance of early intervention.

We operate a helpline where you can call for information about what we can do or browse some of the resources on our website.

We are also active on social media where you can network with others and share questions and gain support in live time.

We offer a range of flexible supports which allow you to access what you need at a time that suits you.

SLCo Interactive is an E-learning resource comprising E-learning module which offer a host of information and guidance.

460-speechbubbles-greyIf there is anything you can’t find or you need information in other formats, please contact  us – we’ll do our best to help.

Our staff team works in various areas across Scotland including Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh and Lothians, Glasgow, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Borders and Western Isles.

It is out with our remit to personalise our services in areas we have no staff but we are there by phone or email and will do our best to put you in contact with people that can help locally and if you’re interested in supporting a group in your local area, we will help you do that.

Volunteers are a key part of our delivery model and we have various opportunities across Scotland. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer.

Our services are designed specifically for parents/carers and their children who have speech, language and communication problems.

We ensure that all parents/carers, irrespective of their origin and native tongue, social status or living conditions can access our support.

Something we would like from you:
We need you to share your experiences with us in order to drive key messages and help us to influence government, local authorities and service providers all across Scotland to listen to our collective voices.

Please write to us with your stories and experiences so we can share them on our website, social media and newsletters.

Criteria

  • every family which has any doubts whatsoever concerning the development of their children
  • parents/carers who find access to health and public services a challenge 
  • each and every parent/carer whom needs information on their rights to receive help for their children with speech and communication disorders

Social Pedagogy Programme
1:1 support for children with more challenging needs

  • We work in the child’s natural surrounding and environment: in their own homes and at a suitable time agreed with the parents/carers
  • We offer an initial pilot programme of six free meetings with the option to extend if needed 
  • The sessions are carefully designed and based on academic knowledge and experience acquired by pedagogy, developmental psychology and medicine
  • Our work is based on endeavours and achievements of the leading specialists in the field such as Prof. Dorothy Bishop

Below are various videos that you may find helpful:

Speech Therapy for Toddlers

Speech Delay Therapy at Home

How to teach your child with SLI how to answer questions

Caleb’s Speech Delay

TIP: Watch this video to help you understand what a speech and language therapist (SLT or SALT) does. She talks about how a child with a specific language impairment (SLI), perceives the world. See how positive the outcomes can be. As parents and carers, you will be responsible for making therapy work at home. Learn to gather information and acquire the knowledge and skills to help you help yourself and your child. Talk to us today. The green Talk To Us button on the left of the screen – send us a message and don’t delay.