The Language and Literacy Link

In this week’s podcast Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Wendy Lee to discuss the language and literacy link and the impact a pupil’s language difficulties has on their literacy.

Wendy is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years 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.

The Language and Literacy link is the link between a pupil’s language difficulties and their literacy difficulties. It seems obvious when you think about it, if a pupils struggles with speaking and listening, they will probably be lacking skills when it comes to reading and writing.

Many children with SEN have poor spoken language skills. It is estimated that at least 10% of all children have some difficulties with speech, language and communication (SLCN); this may be a primary need, as with Developmental Language Disorder, or it may be a Language Disorder linked to another condition, such as cognition and learning or autism. Limited language impacts on literacy.

Sometimes, it is language that is the foundation of literacy difficulties, though rarely is this the focus of literacy teaching or support. This podcast will explore how a focus on language could support those children with limited literacy skills.

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