Speech, language and communication

The CICS group is independent. We support families whatever their chosen method of communication with their deaf child may be. We offer you the following links that may be helpful


Supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. (Not deaf specific, but some good information nonetheless.)


AG Bell

The AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge centre is a worldwide resource for children and adults with hearing loss, their families, and the professionals that support them. Promotes early diagnosis and intervention and provides publications, discounts on books, and social media connections to a listening and spoken language community.

Auditory Verbal Lounge

An independent service located in Nottingham offering two programmes for deaf children with their families support, to develop listening and spoken language; Auditory Verbal Therapy and Auditory Enrichment Therapy.

AVUK 2016

Auditory Verbal UK (AVUK)

A small UK-wide charity which helps babies and pre-school aged children with hearing impairment to listen and speak at centres in Oxfordshire and London using Auditory Verbal Therapy. This is an approach that focuses on early intervention and parent-coaching, and AVUK aims to work with children, parents and the child’s hearing professionals in partnership.

Christopher Place – The Speech Language and Hearing Centre

The Speech, Language and Hearing Centre at Christopher Place formally stopped operating as a therapeutic and educational provision on 24th July 2015

In the future it is the intention that the existing charitable company, The Speech, Language and Hearing Centre Limited will continue in operation as an independent grant-making trust, supporting research and charitable organisations working in the field of hearing impairment and children’s speech and language development.

Communication Matters

A national voluntary organisation of members concerned with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which are methods and aids that can be used by people who have little or no clear speech.

Cued Speech Association

A national charity providing information and training regarding Cued Speech, a visual version of speech using hand-shapes near the mouth combined with the lip patterns of normal speech. Free training can be arranged for parents of deaf children who would find it hard to afford the costs of learning.


A nationwide support group of teachers and parents of deaf children. Provides support, information and advice to guide parents in helping their children develop normal speech through the use of the Natural Aural Approach. Runs courses for parents and families including summer schools for parents with hearing impaired children. Regional branches also hold regular meetings and conferences.

Dyspraxia Foundation

Aims to support individuals and families affected by dyspraxia and to help professionals in health and education to assist those with dyspraxia. Publishes books and guides, organises conferences and supports a network of local groups across the UK. Works to promote better diagnostic and treatment facilities for those who have dyspraxia and to promote awareness and understanding of dyspraxia.

Elizabeth Foundation

Provides comprehensive educational and support services for children with hearing loss and their families. This enables the children to develop their listening skills and spoken language and gives the parents the confidence and knowledge to make informed decisions on behalf of their child.

Ewing Foundation

The Ewing Foundation is a national charity which works to raise the education and social achievements of deaf children by fostering the maximum use of their residual hearing and by promoting deaf children’s spoken language.


Website designed to provide free information and resources relating to communication, and improving communication skills. Aims to help individuals with communication difficulties, as well as provide information to parents and teachers about how they can develop and enhance their children’s speech and language skills. For those adults and children currently having speech therapy, the site aims to provide extra resources and activities to work in conjunction with an established speech therapy schedule, or to provide individuals with the necessary resources to make some progress independently.

John Tracy Clinic

Based in Los Angeles, provides onsite and distance parent-centred services, support, materials and education in English and Spanish for families of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with hearing loss. The onsite international Summer Sessions are offered for children age 2½ to 5 and their families interested in using spoken language.

Phoenix Group

Based in Herts, the Phoenix Group provides activities and workshops for their Youth Group (11+ years) for deaf young adults and Cheeky Monkeys Group (7 – 11 years) for young children.   Whatever their hearing loss or communication needs, eg Learning to Listen, Telephone Skills, Keeping Safe. BSL Courses and Deaf Awareness Course. Click on the link for an up to date programme of events and up and coming courses.


The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is the professional body for speech and language therapists and support workers.


Maria Cameron, independent Speech and Language Therapist/Teacher of the Deaf, currently completing AVT accredited training works with parents to develop their deaf child’s speech and language through maximising their use of listening. Also has extensive experience of working with children with additional language difficulties, provides assessments for tribunals and will act as an expert witness.


A national charity providing networking and support for children young people and families who use alternative communication.


Specialist speech and language therapy. Assessment, information, advice, support.