Listening to and valuing children’s views has implications for their confidence and attitude to learning. It can impact positively on their educational experience and can benefit teaching staff by providing insight from the children about what works best for them. However, there are inherent challenges in effectively listening to and gathering views of children with SEN/Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

This episode with Wendy Lee explores why it is important to involve and listen to children with communication needs. It highlights some of the challenges in doing this well. Wendy has been a speech and language therapist for over 30 years and is currently the director of LINGO which provides consultancy, professional development, resources and speech and language therapy.

Listen to explore practical strategies and adjustments you can make to overcome communication challenges and understand the impact successful conversations will have. 

Exploring the involvement of children and young people with SLCN ( 

Clark A, Quail S, Moss P, (2003) Exploring the field of Listening to and consulting with Young Children Thomas Coram Research Unit DfES 

Owen, Hayett and Roulstone (2004) Children’s views of speech and language therapy in school: consulting with communication difficulties CLTT  

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years – GOV.UK ( 

Bercow-Ten-Years-On-Summary-Report-.pdf ( 

Evidence – Bercow: Ten Years On (

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