Aiming High With Communication

Aiming High With Communication

Aiming High With Communication

Elklan was born out of a passion for supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), plus a wealth of first-hand experience in offering speech and language therapy and training to professional staff.

From modest beginnings in a beautiful corner of England, we've grown to become leaders in our field, trusted partners of national and local government, and increasingly in demand overseas.

We're very proud of what we've achieved and are always excited to welcome new members of the Elklan family.

How we work

Speech and language therapy isn’t a magic box of tricks. We know that many children with SLCN can be supported by those working and living with them all the time.

That’s where Elklan training makes a real difference. We are about changing the way people engage with children and young people so that they can achieve their fullest potential.

Because of our experience, we understand what works. We provide a practical structure for both practitioners and parents, giving them the confidence and materials to support the children in their lives – and to enjoy seeing them progress. It’s our “train the trainer“ approach which enables us to share our expertise far and wide. The training works best when therapists and specialist teachers work together, although most commonly, therapists will train on their own with excellent results. In exceptional circumstances, specialist teachers can deliver the training without the support of a speech and language therapist.

We want to enable our tutors to run a wide range of courses. We only ask you to train once and then as a tutor you can buy the additional training manuals. This means that if you move jobs or work with a variety of ages, you can deliver the course that best suits you and the staff you are training.

Find out how to become an Elklan Tutor or Co-Tutor

Our Team

Liz Elks

Liz Elks


Liz qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) in 1981 and has worked within the NHS with a broad range of children and young people in a wide variety of settings. However, she feels most at ease when working in a school environment supporting teachers.

Her passion is for training staff to enable them to help children and young people in the classroom without the need for lots of additional programmes or withdrawal time.

"Communication is essential to life," says Liz, "I want to do all I can to enable children and young people to talk and be understood all day every day when engaging with academic work and chatting to their peers - not just when they attend for speech and language therapy."

This is what drives Liz to make the Elklan name so strong and well-known.

Henrietta McLachlan

Henrietta McLachlan


Henrietta qualified as a SaLT in 1982 and has worked within the NHS in a wide variety of settings. She continues to support a broad range of children and young people.

As a Director of Elklan, Henrietta works tirelessly to support the tutors who are part of our ever-expanding team. Through her energy, passion, enthusiasm and drive, she's helped Elklan to become the hugely successful brand that it is today.

Henrietta is particularly skilled at making complex information accessible to everyone. She helps to keep the business focused on its core aim - to equip those supporting children with speech and language difficulties with the best possible tools, for the benefit of all.

Charlie McLachlan

Business Manager

Clare McKee
Clare McKee
Jenny McLean
Kate McCormick
Kirsten Jolley
Leo Wood
Michelle Evans
Rita Wood
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