Within the SEND code of practice (2015) communication and interaction is defined as follows: Paragraph 6.29 

‘Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them, or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with SLCN (Speech, Language and Communincation Needs) is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives.’

Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others. Communication and interaction needs could include:

  • difficulties with producing or responding to expressive or receptive language
  • difficulties uttering speech sounds
  • difficulties understanding spoken and other communications from others
  • difficulties with understanding age-related social conventions of interaction, such as turn-taking during conversations or appropriate level of physical contact during play

At.St.Anne's we have a robust speech and language programme and if necessary interventions or extra support may be needed, either internally or with external agency support.

Find below any advice and support you can give your child.

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How can you help your child develop their speech and language skills?

The previous Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it is a "scandal" that some children still start school unable to speak in full sentences. Mary Hartshorne from the children's communication charity I CAN joins us to share the simple things you can do to help your child speak more fluently. (3minutes long)

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