HMR Children's Speech and Language Therapy

We provide:

  • Triage of new requests for the service
  • Advice on speech, language and communication in children and young people
  • Sign posting and referral to other services such as audiology and community paediatrics and Charitable organisations such as Barnardos
  • Assessment of a child or young person's speech, language and communication skills
  • Evidence-based group and individual therapy for speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Advice and therapy programmes that are carried out with the child or young person by parent(s)/carers and teaching staff
  • Formal reports on children's and young people's SLCN, as required

Advice and support is available in the family's home language including:

  • English
  • Pakistani heritage language (Mirpuri, Punjabi or Urdu)
  • Bangladeshi heritage languages (Sylheti or Standard Bangla)
  • Other languages (via interpreters)

The service is delivered in a variety of community locations including:


  • Croft Shifa Health Centre
  • Nye Bevan House
  • Ings Lane Clinic

Heywood and Middleton

  • Langley Health Centre
  • Callaghan House (Departmental Base)
  • Phoenix Centre


Littleborough Health Centre

For children with long-term SLCN a service is delivered in schools in cooperation with school staff.

We comprise the following:

  • Short-term speech, language and communication needs (community clinics), including specialist bilingual staff
  • Long-term speech, language and communication needs (schools and special schools)

Specialist staff:

  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Social Communication Difficulties
  • Dysfluency (stammering)
  • Hearing impairment
  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing)

    Please see the following websites for general advice and information on speech, language and communication needs (SLCN):

We are part of the Children’s  Acute and Ongoing Needs Service (CAONS), which launched in September 2016. Click here to find out more about the CAONS.

The CAONS include a number of specialisms for children and young people (details via above link) and all can be accessed via a Single Point of Access (contact details below).

The address provided below is a central hub for all specialisms, however we provide services at a range of community-based venues. 

Contact information

Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service
Callaghan House
Cross Street
OL10 2DY

Tel: 01706 676 777

Fax: 0207 019 7419

Parking Available: Yes

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

Referral methods

  • Self referral
  • GP
  • Health professional
  • Social care professional
  • Teaching Staff