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Communication and Interaction (Speech, Language and Communication Needs)

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the term given to describe the extensive range of needs related to all aspects of communication – from understanding others to forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially. Some children may have difficulty in only one of these areas, but others may have difficulties in more than one. 

Please click on the links below for further information about identifying, supporting and referring children for SLCN.

The schools’ speech and language therapy (SLT) service support children and young people (CYP) within mainstream schools and specialist provisions in close liaison with families and key agencies. This includes working with CYP with a range of identified Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).  Please click on the link below to access video support and information.

School aged language | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (

The Speech Link Parent Portal website offers parents and carers advice, information and activities for developing your children’s understanding, talking and listening.

The link above takes you to the East Kent Hospitals site and offers support on children with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.






Please also click on the link below to our SLCN Specialist Resource Provision (Our SRP) page, for further examples of interventions and support that we offer at the John Wesley School.