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 delayed language; they talk and understand like a younger child but with the right support they will catch up with their peers. For other children, their SLCN are longer term and they will need ongoing support. They won’t sound like a younger child and their speech may sound unusual or disorganised.
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 struggling to understand language may have the following difficulties:
Expressive language difficulties may mean:
(sometimes called pragmatic language difficulties)
Children with speech sound difficulties may:
A child with SLCN in an early years setting or school may:
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