Schools

Many charities (like ICAN and AFASIC), health and education professionals and The RCSLT are continuing to campaign to raise awareness of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It is often seen as a hidden difficulty because they can be misdiagnosed or misinterpreted as having learning difficulties, behavioural issues or social difficulties. It is estimated that 10% of children starting school have SLCN.

These difficulties can also carry on into Secondary School age where more complex language skills are required such as negotiation, persuasion, retaining more complex vocabulary and understanding more sophisticated humour. These are also essential skills in the workplace and wider community after they leave school or college.

Children and young people need effective speech, language and communication skills to help them manage day to day to day situations both socially and in education.


How do children or young people with SLCN appear?

They might have difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • Saying sounds clearly in words
  • Using words and sentences
  • Understanding what is being said to them
  • Following and participating in conversations

 


How can Speech and Language Therapy help?

Training: short training sessions (approx. 90 minutes) can be provided aimed at those working with children with SLCN. Practical advice is given so YOU know how to support these children in class Assessment: this can help identify children with SLCN, what their specific areas of need are and how to develop these skills as well as use the appropriate strategies to support them Therapy: this can be group or individual therapy. Maybe you have identified a group of students with difficulties with word finding, understanding abstract language or taking turns in a conversation? Weekly therapy with a Speech and Language Therapist can help students develop these skills in small groups and then Teaching Staff can support students to use what they have learnt in day to day situations.

Assessment: this can help identify children with SLCN, what their specific areas of need are and how to develop these skills as well as use the appropriate strategies to support them

Therapy: this can be group or individual therapy. Maybe you have identified a group of students with difficulties with word finding, understanding abstract language or taking turns in a conversation? Weekly therapy with a Speech and Language Therapist can help students develop these skills in small groups and then Teaching Staff can support students to use what they have learnt in day to day situations.

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Rebecca Ford - Speech and Language Therapist

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Mail: speech@rebeccafordtherapy.co.uk

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