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Monthly Theme - Mental Health

With a shocking 10% of children under the age of 16 known to have a clinically significant mental health illness, children and young people’s mental health has been identified as a Government priority. What many people are unaware of is the fact that nearly half of these are likely to have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and that these needs are usually unidentified.

This month, we look at the relationship between SLCN and mental health in more detail. We share some examples of effective specialist support for mental health and well-being in children with SLCN, and useful practical approaches and resources.


Guest blog from speech and language therapist supporting mental health
Specialist speech and language therapist, Carol Reffin talks about her role working in a multi-professional team with young people with mental health needs.

How psychotherapy supports students with speech, language and communication needs
Todd Hinds, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, talks about his role working with pupils at Dawn House School.

Supporting language and emotional development
Our factsheet explains how to support children in an early years setting.