Some children and young people find it difficult to listen, understand and communicate with others and may need support to develop the skills involved. The umbrella term most commonly used to describe these difficulties is Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
Children and young people with communication difficulties may have difficulty with only one speech, language or communication skill, or with several. Children and young people may have difficulties with listening and understanding or with talking or both. Each child or young person also has a unique combination of strengths. This means that every child or young person with communication difficulties is very different.
It is estimated that around 10% of children starting school will have a communication difficulty – that’s approximately 2-3 in every classroom.
Children and young people with communication difficulties are usually referred to a speech and language therapist and/or will be taught specific speech and language programmes whilst in education.
For further support and guidance you can contact the Talk to Learn Team (Rochdale Additional Needs Service)
Tel: 01706 925900 or 01706 926400