How can professionals support children's speech, language and communication?

Speech, language and communication skills are vital for all children. Without these skills they will not reach their full potential.

Professionals who work with children are key to identifying when they are having difficulties speaking and understanding. This includes early years practitioners, teachers and health visitors. 1 in 10 children have speech, language and communication needs; it's therefore essential that you understand how to identify and better support these children.

If you have concerns about a child’s speech, language or communication, you should use the I CAN Progress Checker, and talk to the parents or carers to decide how you can best support the child to develop their communication skills. Our series of factsheets list useful techniques to use on a daily basis with pre-school and school-aged children.


Professionals FAQs

Do you know the key facts about speech, language and communication needs? Our series of factsheets for professionals contains information and advice for supporting speech, language and communication in schools and settings. 

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Information on developmental language disorder

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a term that is used to describe difficulties with learning and using language which will be long term, but that are not associated with other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, or autistic spectrum disorders. 

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Our team of speech and language therapists have written a selection of handouts with information, suggestions and tips for supporting children’s speech, language and communication development

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