Speech Language and Communication Needs

Last modified: February 28, 2019
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Some children have difficulties listening, understanding and communicating with others.

SLCN is the over-arching term used to describe these.

Around 10% of children have some form of SLCN when they start school.

Difficulties children with SLCN may face include

  • speech which is difficult to understand
  • stammering or stuttering
  • not able to use intonation
  • not able to hear the difference in speech sounds
  • using joining words (but, so, etc)
  • sequencing ideas – so some sentences may be very long winded
  • difficulty getting a conversation back on track
  • not understanding formal/informal types of conversations (eg with adults/friends)



Further Information

The Communication Trust


Afasic – Voice for Life


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