Spotting problems Early (Early Identification)

  • The research report (BCRP) found:

    • Some parents and people who work with young children don`t always understand about speech, language & communication needs


    • People sometimes use different words and descriptions to describe children's needs, which can be confusing


    • It is very important to assess and record the progress that children are making


    • There are certain things that affect children developing their speech, language & communication for example whether the child is a boy or girl, what time of year they were born, where they live, if English is not their first language and if they are struggling with their learning


    • Children with speech, language & communication needs are more likely to have other problems as they get older and go through school


  • Why are these findings important to you and your child?

    It is important that speech, language and communication needs are understood so that children who are struggling are identified early and get the right help.


    If children have a speech, language or communication need spotted early, then they can get help earlier, which can help their development. It's important that parents and the people who work with young children are helped to recognise any difficulties and ask for help, or that they offer special programmes to give children the extra help they need.


    Some speech, language and communication difficulties affect boys more than girls, such as Autism. If parents don't speak English very well, because it's not their language, then to start off the child might not learn to speak English very well either. These children and families are at risk. It's important to look out for them and offer them help as quickly as possible.


    If young children have speech, language and communication difficulties and they are not helped early on, then it might be harder for these children to keep up at school and also they may become more self conscious and embarrassed. Other children may bully them.

  • You can...

    • ask someone like your GP or Health visitor about how they look for early difficulties
    • ask the nursery or playgroup about how they look for early difficulties
    • ask the school for information about how they look for early difficulties
    • ask the school if they use any special assessments to spot difficulties early on?
    • if you think your child is at risk, you can ask the nursery or school what they think.
  • If you want more information these websites might help...

    The Communication Trust is an organisation that produces lots of useful resources for parents and professionals such as:

    Universally Speaking

    Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool

    Small Talk

    Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tool

    Level 3 Award (4337)

    The Communication Commitment

    What Works

    Other Ways of Speaking

    Don't get me wrong

    Communicating Phonics


    Talking Point this website gives you lots of useful information to help your child's speech, language and communication needs, such as:

    Progress Checker


    AFASIC supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, you might want to read the article about the better communication research programme in AFASIC AbstrAct Autumn 2012:


    BCRP this website gives you information about the better communication research project here, and you can follow the link to download all of the individual reports:


    Council for Disabled Children this organisation is made up of different groups who support children with disability, they have information about SEN and disability reform:


    I CAN this charity specialises in helping children develop speech, language and communication skills, they produce lots of videos and things that can help such as:

    Working with Parents Toolkit

    Talk Boost Training

    Primary Talk

    Secondary Talk


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