Speech, Language & Communication Needs in Children

Over one million children in the UK have some kind of speech language and communication needs. This is known as ‘SLCN’ for short.

Every child is different. Their needs depend on different factors, including:

  • Which areas of speech, language and communication they struggle with?
  • How severely these areas are affected?
  • What skills and strengths they have?
  • How they need to use their skills?
  • Their level of confidence and self-esteem?

This section gives a general introduction to the kinds of needs children may have. Some information may not be relevant to your child.

Within this section we will look broadly at four areas of needs:

Some children may have difficulty in only one of these areas. Others may have difficulty in more than one.

Some children may have difficulties that can be helped quite easily. Others may have greater needs. Some children will have life-long difficulties that will affect them significantly.

Sometimes children develop their skills in the usual way, but at a slower rate. This is often called a ‘delay’ or ‘delayed speech and language development’.

Sometimes children may have specific difficulties with speech and language, and this is called ‘SLI’, which stands for specific language impairment. Read more about SLI here.

About Lisa Warner
Lisa Warner, one part of the Family Communication Duo, is an energetic and passionate ball of energy, whose excitement and enthusiasm know no bounds. Her drive and belief in doing the impossible has been rewarded when her mission to get families talking led her to found the incredibly successful Fink Cards and won her the title of Female Entrepreneur of the Year. Her contagious positive outlook regularly see her appearing on the radio, in newspapers and magazines where she will happily talk about the importance of good family communication. The entrepreneur, activist and energizer proudest achievement to date is creating a strong and happy marriage and raising 4 confident and sociable teenagers.

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