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 Early Interventions

 Speech, Language and Communication


This resource has been produced for all professionals supporting children under 5 with their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
The menu page includes tools that Early Years Practitioners can use to evaluate children’s early language development.  Other professionals may be using a range of other tools (e.g. Ages and Stages questionnaire etc).
When a child shows signs of delay in: attention and listening skills, understanding, talking/expressive language or social communication then click on the relevant section and select the age band that that matches the child’s developmental level.  This will give you general strategies to help and more specific activity ideas to support that area of the child’s language development.
These activities are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
There is also a ‘parents’ section on the menu page which helps you in giving advice to parents on ways to support their child’s development.  This includes leaflets that can be printed out and given to parents.
If you have concerns about any child’s language development then please discuss this with the child’s Health Visitor.  If the child is between 2 and 2.11 then the Health visitor can help the child’s family access the Pathway for SLCN at 2 years, which will enable them to receive advice and support through groups or home visits.  In addition you can discuss a child’s SLCN with your area SENCO.


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