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Supporting Students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): Classroom strategies for teachers and LSA’s

Speech, language and communication are skills that are crucial to all areas of learning, as well as mental health and social participation. In 2008 the Bercow Report highlighted the need to implement strategic system-wide approaches to... Read more

What health professionals need to know about the SEND Code of Practice 2015

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities and health professionals must work together to provide co-ordinated services to support children and young people with SEND. Clinicians and therapists already provide health... Read more

What every parent needs to know about the SEND Code of Practice 2015

Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities, in carrying out their functions under the Act in relation to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN), must have... Read more

Major review on SEND announced

On the 6th September the DfE announced they were going to carry out a major review of SEND.  The review aims to improve the services available to families who need support, equip staff in schools and colleges to... Read more

All teachers need to know about the SEND Code of Practice 2015

The Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England. It relates to children and young people... Read more

What you need to know about the CELF-5 Metalinguistics assessment

What is the CELF-5M for and how is it different to the CELF-5? It is used to identify students of 9-21 years of age who have not acquired the expected levels of language competence and metalinguistic ability for their age. To put it... Read more

Top Tips – SEMH and behavioural strategies

Supporting students with SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) difficulties can be very challenging for us as therapists, including parents and teachers alike, as none us are mental health practitioners! In addition to this, access to... Read more

October: AAC Awareness Month!

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month is upon us! AAC is all about providing strategies and communication aids that add to or replace spoken communication – it isn’t limited to just speech after all! We at... Read more

Is an Atypical Cry an Early Biomarker for Autism?

At about the same age all typically developing children, no matter what culture they are born into, manifest similar patterns of speech and language acquisition. In autism, however, there is no clear and rigid pattern during the first year... Read more

Are early motor delays and sensory differences clues to atypical language/ communication development in ASD?

Impairments of social communication are seen as one of the essential diagnostic features of autism. However, they cannot be considered as primary characteristics because all the ‘communication symptoms’ appear later in life. For... Read more