Supporting Children with Developmental Language Disorder
Communication and Interaction
Children and young people with SEN may have difficulties in one or more of the areas of speech, language, and communication. These children and young people need help to develop their linguistic competence in order to support their thinking, as well as their communication skills. Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or a physical or sensory impairment such as hearing loss may also lead to communication difficulties. Those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) cover the whole ability range. They find it more difficult to communicate with others. They may have problems taking part in conversations, either because they find it difficult to understand what others say or because they have difficulties with fluency and forming sounds, words, and sentences. It may be that when they hear or see a word, they are not able to understand its meaning, leading to words being used incorrectly in or out of context and the child having a smaller vocabulary. It may be a combination of these problems. For some children and young people, difficulties may become increasingly apparent as the language they need to understand, and use becomes more complex. Children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, have difficulty in making sense of the world in the way others do. They may have difficulties with communication, social interaction, and imagination. In addition, they may be easily distracted or upset by certain stimuli, have problems with change to familiar routines or have difficulties with their coordination and fine-motor functions.
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day
The 2022 DLD day theme is Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability. People do not grow out of DLD but with individualised support that can include regular speech-language therapy and educational adjustments they can thrive. It’s about growing with DLD.
Makaton Awareness Day
The Makaton Charity held an International Awareness Day on 28th August, the birthday of their founder. As part of this, they set out a challenge to encourage people to learn a new sign, symbol or concept each day for 28 days.
The videos at the link below were designed with the purpose of communicating general information about speech, language, and communication needs to families as well as providing strategies to help your child’s communication development.
COMMUNICATION AND AUTISM TEAM (CAT)
For COVID-19 & Advice for Parents / Carers please click the link below:
Activities for parents and their children under 6
The Hungry Little Minds Campaign was designed to make it easier for parents to support their child’s early development at home by chatting, playing and reading with them. Please see the link below for more information: