Impact of communication difficulties on Children and Young People
Take a look at this short film ‘Meet Seb’ on YouTube about the impact of language difficulties from a student and family’s perspective (4:16)
This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.
SLCN can present differently over time, and can be hard to identify. Some pupils with SLCN may be have been identified and be receiving support from a speech and language therapist or advisory teacher but there may be others about whom you have concerns relating to their communication skills.
Pupils develop many strategies which may mask their difficulties with understanding or using language. They may speak knowledgably and in an articulate way about topics that are very familiar to them, which can give the impression that these skills extend to all areas and that they understand everything that is said to them. For some pupils, their SLCN is specifically around social use of language, affecting successful interaction with others. Although knowledge and understanding of SLCN is steadily increasing, there remains a mismatch between the known prevalence and the numbers of pupils being identified and supported.
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