The Ultimate Guide to SLCN

Part 1 - Background

Page 24: What to do if a child in your class has SLCN or you’re worried they might

What to do if a child in your class has SLCN or you’re worried they might

  • Talk to your SENCo about your concerns. Find out if the child is currently or has previously been known to your local SaLT service or any other professionals.
  • Liaise with the child’s parents to discuss the child’s strengths and needs and appropriate support.
  • If the child is/has been known to SaLT, read their latest report and implement the recommendations.
  • Implement quality first teaching strategies (see pages 20-23 for guidance).
  • If the child has a specific diagnosis, read the relevant section of this eBook and put in place the appropriate classroom strategies.
  • Assess the child using a screening tool such as Speech Link or Language Link (see pages 140-143 for more information).
  • If any speech or language difficulties have been identified, implement the appropriate intervention programmes recommended by the screener and continue to support in class using high quality teaching strategies. N.B. if the child has a current therapy programme provided by SaLT follow this guidance as a priority.
  • Monitor the child’s progress. If the child has not made progress after approximately 2 terms (12 weeks) of intervention, discuss the child with your SENCo and consider a referral to your local SaLT service.
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