Advice for education settings (SLCN)

General advice on reasonable adjustments for pupils with SLCN

Play, language and learning – Play is a really important skill that children need to learn and practise, as it is closely linked to the development of language.

Listening and Attention – Listening and attention skills are an essential prerequisite for the development of language and learning. Without these foundation skills children will be unable to access the curriculum and to make progress.

Receptive language – The ability to understand language has a significant impact on the ability to achieve academically. However, understanding language has much more far reaching impact on one’s ability to interact with others, follow conversation and generally make sense of the world around you.

Expressive language – Sometimes referred to as ‘language output, it is the means by which we communicate our wants,needs, thoughts and ideas, argue a point of view, and engage socially with others. This is mostly done through spoken language, but also uses non-verbal communication skills (eg sign language, gestures, vocal intonation) and the written word.

ORGANISATIONS which provide services to support children/young people with SLCN:

The Communication Trust – advice on supporting young children and teenagers with SLCN

ICAN – SLCN advice and resources

Talking Point – advice and resources and ‘speak to a therapist’.

Inclusive Communication Essex – resources available on loan through Essex Libraries