Children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) can experience difficulties with:
Children can have difficulty with just one of these areas or a combination of more than one.
Some children may have poor spoken language skills due to a lack of communication-rich experiences in early childhood. They talk and understand at the level of a younger child, but with the right support they may catch up to their peers. For other children, their SLCN are longer term and they will need ongoing support.
These children won’t just ‘pick language up’; they will need to be taught in a specific way. Information on the prevalence of SLCN is available here.
A child with SLCN in an early years setting or school may:
A child struggling to understand language may have the following difficulties:
Expressive language difficulties may mean a child or young person:
Children with speech sound difficulties may:
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