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Barnsley Children’s Speech and Language Therapy


The children’s speech and language therapy team offers various training courses for professionals working with children speech and language difficulties. Some of these courses are also suitable for parents and carers.  Our courses are run online.  The training brochure link gives details of course content.

Training Brochure

How to apply

Simply email Barnsley speech therapy with the following information

  • Applicants name
  • School (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Names of courses that you would like to register for

We will respond to your application within 5 working days.  If you are applying for an Elklan course, we will request some additional information

Feedback from our training courses

Our courses are highly recommended by participants.  Our most recent training feedback (July 2021) told us that  100 % of participants would recommend our training to others!  Read below for some of the feedback from our recent courses

Building vocabulary skills

  • Suitable for: parents, carers and professionals working with children
  • Full day course
  • Recent participants said, “all the information was presented in a way that was really easy to understand” and “excellent ideas and strategies and a good background to reasons behind speech difficulty

Phonology (speech sound skills)

  • Suitable for: parents, teaching assistants, teachers, early year’s professionals
  • Two day course
  • Recent participants said they enjoyed “trying things out rather than just listening” and enjoyed “the ideas for games and new strategies to implement learning”.

Language ladder

  • Suitable for: parents, carers, nursery staff and early year’s professionals
  • Half day course
  • Recent participants said: “all the information was useful and helped me to understand how to support children in my setting.”

Elklan for practitioners

  • Suitable for: professionals working with  children
  • Various course lengths targeted at:
    • Working with children aged 3- 5 years old
    • Working with children aged 5-11 years old
    • Supporting  verbal children with autism spectrum disorder
    • Communication friendly schools
    • Other courses may be available. Please contact us to discuss your requirement

Elklan for parents

  • Suitable for parents and carers
  • Various course lengths aimed at
    • Parents/carers of children  under 5
    • Parents/carers of children aged  5-9
    • Parents/carers supporting children with Autistic spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties
    • Parents/carers supporting children with complex needs


  • Suitable for: education staff working with school-age children
  • Half day course
  • Recent participants said: Very helpful training which I look forward to feeding back to the team.” “Good strategies to use with children and clear advice.” “Loved the DVD, showed me how children felt and what strategies I can use.” “Helped me understand more about the child I’m working with, how to model my speech and apply useful strategies within the classroom environment.”

English as an additional language

  • Suitable for – health or education professionals
  • Full day course

Coming soon

  • Eating and drinking difficulties – training for health professionals who would like to know more about eating and drinking difficulties in children. Register your interest for this course by calling us on 01226 644331

Our training courses have been audited by the Clinical Governance Support Team. Click this link to read the 2013 Training Audit Report.

Other training providers

The speech therapy service does not currently offer Makaton training, however, training information from other training providers can be found by contacting the Makaton website which has information about local courses.


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