Communication, Speech and Language
Communication, speech and language is a big topic in terms of children. It could be regarding their development, their childcare prior to starting school or their involvement in the school setting.
There are several factors that can contribute to communication, speech and language barriers for children. It coukd be speech delay or an issue with non-verbal communication. Many of these can be overcome with speech and language support, others may be more of a long term developmental issue depending on the condition.
If you are concerned about your child’s ability to communicate, verbally or non-verbally, it is best to speak to any other professionals involved in the child’s support if already in place. If your concerns have not yet been through specialists it is a good starting point to speak to any teachers, early years professionals, health visitors, or your GP but there are other avenues of support you can access if you have concerns or want to improve the support you already have e.g. Sendiass (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) https://www.suffolksendiass.co.uk
The referral process is usually through the professionals mentioned above, if they share your concerns it is likely you will be asked to take your child to a referral appointment for the communication, speech and language team. After an assessment it is likely they will write a report and send to your GP, which should be posted to you. Depending on the reason for the referral, this will be reviewed and a further plan can be made for assessing the needs of your child or deciding on a plan for support.
If your child is being supported by a speech and language specialists already it is best to speak to them directly before undertaking any additional communication, speech and language development support so as not to confuse or overwhelm the child and delay progress.
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