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speech language and communication needs (SLCN)

Attention and Listening

Being able to pay attention and listen are essential foundation skills for developing speech, language and communication.  By paying attention to people and the world around them a child learns that words carry meaning.  Children who struggle to maintain attention are more likely to have difficulties with language and learning.

We can advise on strategies to support the development of attention and listening.

Understanding spoken language (Receptive language)

Being able to make sense of what others are saying is fundamental to the development of language and learning.  In a typical pattern of development a child will learn to understand words before they can use them.  For some children developing understanding of language can be tricky and take longer than others.

We can advise on strategies and activities to support the development understanding.

Using words and speaking in sentences (Expressive language)

Using words and putting words together to make sentences enables us to communicate our thoughts and ideas with others.  Some children find it difficult to remember the right words and put words together correctly in order to make their needs known to others.

We can advise on strategies and activities to support the development of expressive language.

Producing the correct sounds in words (speech sounds)

Being able to produce the sounds in words correctly helps others to understand what we are saying.  A young child's ability to make speech sounds develops gradually over a number of years.  Some error patterns in speech sounds are not unusual during the early years of speech development.  However for some children the error patterns are more disordered or may persist beyond the early years of development.

We can advise on strategies and activities to support the development of speech sounds.

Social communication and interaction

Communicating with others involves more than just words.  Non verbal communication makes up more than half of what we communicate.  This includes skills such as turn-taking, understanding facial expression and tone of voice, joining in group activities and being able to see things from another's point of view.  Developing social communication and interaction skills helps a child to understand the world around them.  Some children need support with these aspects of communication development.

We can advise on strategies and activities to support the development of social communication skills.