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Supporting Children With Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Mainstream Schools

Dale Pickles 15th May 2020 554 1 5


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In this week’s podcast Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Wendy Lee to discuss how schools can support children with Speech, Langauge and Communication Needs (SLCN) in mainstream schools.

Wendy is a speech and language therapist for over 30 years, with a wealth of experience. Wendy was a professional director of the Communications Trust until 2015, being involved in a range of projects as well as inputting on national policy and research. Wendy is currently the director of LINGO which provides consultancy, professional development, resources and speech and language therapy.

Around 10% of pupils having Speech, Language and Communication Needs, this is a topic that applies to every teacher. In areas of social disadvantage, upwards of 50% of children can have speech, language and communication needs impacting on learning and life chances.

Some of these children will need expert support from speech and language therapists, working with school staff and parents, some will benefit from targeted support. All are part of the school community and learning in mainstream classrooms.  They will benefit from teachers and support staff understanding how their language and classroom strategies can support these children to access the curriculum and to be part of the classroom and wider school community.

In this week’s podcast Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Wendy Lee to discuss how schools can support children with Speech, Langauge and Communication Needs (SLCN) in mainstream schools.

Wendy is a speech and language therapist for over 30 years, with a wealth of experience. Wendy was a professional director of the Communications Trust until 2015, being involved in a range of projects as well as inputting on national policy and research. Wendy is currently the director of LINGO which provides consultancy, professional development, resources and speech and language therapy.

Around 10% of pupils having Speech, Language and Communication Needs, this is a topic that applies to every teacher. In areas of social disadvantage, upwards of 50% of children can have speech, language and communication needs impacting on learning and life chances.

Some of these children will need expert support from speech and language therapists, working with school staff and parents, some will benefit from targeted support. All are part of the school community and learning in mainstream classrooms.  They will benefit from teachers and support staff understanding how their language and classroom strategies can support these children to access the curriculum and to be part of the classroom and wider school community.

Useful Links

The Communication Trust – Online CPD

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/professional-development/online-short-course/

The Communication Trust – What Works

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/what-works/

The Communication Trust – Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication online training

http://www.platform3online.org.uk/index.html

Lingo Speech – Products and resources to support SLCN

https://www.lingospeech.co.uk/resources/

Bercow Report – 10 years on

https://www.bercow10yearson.com/

Inclusion Development Programme (DfE)

https://www.idponline.org.uk/

How to contact Wendy Lee

Website: www.lingospeech.co.uk

Email: wendy@lingospeech.co.uk

Twitter: @lingo_speech

For more podcast episodes from the SENDcast click below… https://www.thesendcast.com/sendcast-episodes/

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