Speech, Language and Communication Needs Update September 2019
“The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children and young people and it underpins a child’s social, emotional development. Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs include many of the most vulnerable children, those most in need of effective support to reach their potential” (Bercow 2008).
SLCN is an umbrella term for all types of speech, language and communication needs. Sometimes SLCN is associated with an underlying or co-concurring condition such as autism, hearing loss, cleft palate, neurodegenerative conditions and genetic conditions e.g. cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome.